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  • Linnaeus, Carolus Originally Karl Linné. 1707-1778. Swedish botanist and founder of the modern classification system for plants and animals.

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  • proper n. Carl (or the latinized Carolus) Linnaeus, also known as Carl von Linné, Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist who laid the foundations for the modern scheme of nomenclature. He is known as the "father of modern taxonomy."

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  • n. Carolus Linnaeus, also called Karl von Linné. Born at Råshult, Småland, Sweden, May 13, 1707: died at Upsala, Sweden, Jan. 10, 1778. A celebrated Swedish botanist and naturalist, founder of the linnean system in botany. He made a journey to Lapland in 1732; resided in the Netherlands 1735-38; and became professor of medicine (later of botany) at Upsala in 1741. Among his works are “Systema naturæ” (1735), “Fundamenta botanica” (1736), “Genera plantarum” (1737), “Flora lapponica” (1737), “Philosophia botanica” (1751), and “Species plantarum” (1753).

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  • n. Swedish botanist who proposed the modern system of biological nomenclature (1707-1778)


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  • It doesn't seem to actually be in Linnaeus 'writings at all.

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  • ( "What labor is more severe," he had been gratified to read in Linnaeus, "what science more wearisome, than botany?")

    Excerpt: The Gates of The Alamo by Stephen Harrigan

  • Introduced to Japan in the 8th century AD and to Europe in the 17th century, Linnaeus named it from the Greek word chrysous, "golden" (the color of the original flowers), and anthemon, meaning flower.

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  • It was a project unlike any before; Swedish naturalists, often referred to as Linnaeus's apostles, roamed as far as Japan, South America, Australia, and the Arctic with the same goal in mind-describing species according to Linnaeus's system. News

  • ‘Systema Naturae,’ and extremely difficult for any one to become even a naturalist such as Linnaeus was.


  • But the enormous stimulus which Linnaeus gave to the investigation of nature soon rendered it impossible that any one man should write another 'Systema Naturae,' and extremely difficult for any one to become even a naturalist such as Linnaeus was.

    Lectures and Essays

  • While still at school, one of his teachers made him a present of 'Linnaeus's System of Nature;' and for more than ten years this constituted his library of natural history.

    Self help; with illustrations of conduct and perseverance

  • Linnaeus, which is supposed to be a native of the East Indies.) cupeys, * (* In the experiments I made at Caracas, on the air which circulates in plants, I was struck with the fine appearance presented by the petioles and leaves of the Clusia rosea, when cut open under water, and exposed to the rays of the sun.

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  • Carl Linnaeus introduced a system of classification upon which all natural history was built.

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  • Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist and grandfather of order and taxonomy, once invented a flower clock.

    The Memory Palace


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  • "The Uppsala Science Society sent Linnaeus, just turning twenty-five, to Lapland to study its flora and fauna.... Many of Linnaeus's idiosyncratic qualities can be viewed through the lens of this excursion. ...

    "Back in Uppsala, Linnaeus was still poor and still intent on a medical degree. He proceeded to the University of Harderwijk in the Netherlands, something of a mail-order outfit, whose moderate fees and low standards appealed to him. The whole of medical science in the eighteenth century, it has been said, could be grasped by a quick student in eight days. Linnaeus earned his degree in less than a fortnight with a thesis on the cause of intermittent fevers in malaria. In this short time he defended the thesis, passed an oral exam, diagnosed a patient, and supervised the printing of his notes!"

    --Joyce Appleby, Shores of Knowledge: New World Discoveries and the Scientific Imagination (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Co., 2013), p. 140

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