July 3, 1831|
Norway House, Manitoba
|Died||May 20, 1858
Montreal, Canada East
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh|
|Occupation||physician, botanist, and professor|
|Relatives||George Barnston, father|
Barnston had a love of natural history from his father's influence and this was nurtured while studying medicine. He returned to Canada in 1853 and practiced medicine in Montreal where he also actively continued his botanical pursuits. He promoted the founding of a chair in natural history at McGill University and became the first professor of botany at that institution.
He became ill at the end of his first course of lectures and never recovered, dying in his 26th year.
- "James Barnston". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2005.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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