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wilkesiana commemorates the name of an American explorer and naval officer, Charles Wilkes (1798-1877) who had an illustrious career (despite his ignominious departure when he retired from the US Navy in 1866 after being court-martialled for disobedience). He headed the United States Exploring Expedition, also known as the Wilkes Expedition, to the South Pacific Islands and the Antarctic Continent (1838-1842) and some authorities claim it provided a significant contribution to the basis of American science. It yielded geological, botanical, zoological and anthropological specimens and artefacts (eventually to form the basis of the Smithsonian Institution collection), as well as international recognition for three of the scientific members. Subsequently Wilkes published many articles and reports of the Expedition's progress and collected findings, not least in 1844 Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition. It is Charles Wilkes after whom an area of the Antarctic Continent, Wilkes Land, is named. [See Acalypha wilkesiana.]

 
 

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