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August 15, 1796 - March 10, 1873
John Torrey, born in New York and educated as a medical doctor, published his first Flora in 1817, while still a medical student. He became a professor of chemistry, geology, and botany. From 1838 to 1843, working with Asa Gray, Torrey published a general Flora of North America. He also completed a Flora of New York in 1843. Torrey eventually became Emeritus Professor at Columbia College, where his herbarium was deposited. He worked as the chief assayer in the U.S. assay office within the Department of Treasury from 1853 but continued his interest in botany until his death.
A California species of pine, Pinus torreyana, the Torrey pine, and a small genus of conifers, Torreya, commemorate his name.
A detailed biography appears in Dr. Torrey's obituary in The Garden in 1874.