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Sir Henry Nicholas Ridley C.M.G. (1911), M.A. (Oxon), F.R.S., F.L.S., F.R.H.S. (b. 10 December 1855, West Harling Hall, Norfolk, England - d. 24 October 1956, Kew, Surrey, England). A botanist, geologist and the first Scientific Director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens from 1888 to 1911, and the one who spent many years promoting rubber as a commercial product. His research led to his important discovery in 1895, a means of tapping which did not seriously damage the rubber trees. With this adva
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