Keisuke Ito (botanist)


Keisuke Ito (伊藤 圭介, Itō Keisuke, February 18, 1803 – January 20, 1901) was a Japanese physician and biologist. He was born in Nagoya.

Keisuke Ito

As a doctor, Ito developed a vaccination against smallpox.[1] He also widely studied the Japanese flora and fauna with Philipp Franz von Siebold, the author of Fauna Japonica and Flora Japonica. Rhododendron keiskei was named after him.[2]

He wrote a translation of Flora Japonica titled Taisei honzou meiso (Japanese:"泰西本草名疏") that was published in 1829.

Ito became a professor at the University of Tokyo in 1881.

He died in 1901, and he was ennobled with the title of baron (danshaku).

In 1901, botanist William Botting Hemsley named a genus of flowering plants in the willow family, Salicaceae, from China and Vietnam, Itoa in his honour.[3]



  1. ^ "Keisuke ITOH". Archived from the original on 2017-06-24. Retrieved 2008-04-20.
  2. ^ "R". Archived from the original on 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2008-04-20.
  3. ^ "Itoa Hemsl. | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science". Plants of the World Online. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  4. ^ IPNI.  Ito.

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Itō Keisuke at Wikimedia Commons
  •   Data related to Keisuke Ito (botanist) at Wikispecies
  • KUL Digital version of Taisei honzou meiso