Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born 12 December 1844 in Drax, Yorkshire, England; died 25 October 1920 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Geologist; stationmaster for Tasmanian Railways at Waratah & Sulphur Creek.
A keen collector, especially of fossils at Table Cape, Tas. Also collected algae in 1884; visited Bass Strait islands (including Hunter Is. and Three Hummock Is.) in 1889; collected around Albany, W.A., 1893–97 incl. visit to Coolgardie district, 1894–95.
Plant specimens at MEL. His collection of fossils was purchased by the National Museum of Victoria in around 1901.
Brother of Henry Dresser Atkinson. Father of Robert Norwood Atkinson (1885–1915), who is commemorated in the name of a fossil foraminiferan, Sherbornina atkinsonii.