Born about 1756, died in Worthing, Sussex, England, on 20 February 1832.
Appointed first Surgeon-General of New South Wales, arriving with the First Fleet in 1788, returning to England in 1794. He collected flora and fauna around Sydney, and in 1790 published Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales containing 65 engravings of plants, birds and animals. The plants forming the basis of this work were lodged in the herbarium of J.E.Smith, who collaborated in the work, and are now in LINN and LIV. Other White collections are reported from G, GH, NSW, PH and UPS.
Extracted from: A.E.Orchard (1999) A History of Systematic Botany in Australia, in Flora of Australia Vol.1, 2nd ed., ABRS. [consult for source references]