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Biography / Memoir

Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Botany and Horticulture

By: Theodor Magnus Fries(Author), Benjamin Daydon Jackson(Editor)

456 pages, 9 b/w illustrations, 3 b/w maps

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Dec 2011 | #199624 | ISBN-13: 9781108037235
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About this book

A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.

This biography of Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus (1707–78) was originally published in 1903 by another Swedish botanist, Theodor Magnus Fries (1832–1913). This English version, published in 1923, was translated and edited by British botanist Benjamin Daydon Jackson (1846–1927). Jackson is best known for founding (with J. D. Hooker) the Index Kewensis, the register of all botanical names of seed plants; he also acted as Secretary of the Linnean Society for twenty-two years, becoming its General Secretary in 1902. This biography covers the early life of Linnaeus (including some family history), his student years at Uppsala, his travels, his years as a teacher, notes on his personality and his relationship with the wider scientific community. Jackson provides further information in the appendices, enhancing Fries' work with Linnaeus' genealogy, a list of his pupils, his private notes on 'Divine Punishment' and a brief history of Sweden during Linnaeus' lifetime.



1. Birth, parentage and childhood - residence at Växjö and Lund University
2. Early student years at Uppsala
3. Journey to Lapland
4. Last student years at Uppsala
5. Linnaeus as member of the Småland's nation at Uppsala - asserted intrigues against Linnaeus - Christmas at Falun, 1734–5 - journey abroad
6. Residence abroad - return to Sweden
7. Residence in Stockholm - appointment as Professor at Uppsala
8. Journeys in Sweden on public commission
9. Linné as teacher: his pupils and relations with them
10. Linné as administrator of the Botanic Garden and Museum
11. Linné as member of the Medical Faculty and his relations with the Medical College
12. Linné as member of the Consistory
13. Linné's relation to the scientific community - authorship and scientific correspondence - inspectorate of Småland's nation
14. Linné's benefactors and friends
15. Linné as private person and his family relations
16. Linné's last years and death. His scientific remains - his scientific importance

1. Linné's autobiographies
2. Genealogical tables
3. Linné's pupils
4. Extracts from his Nemesis Divina
5. List of Swedish titles, money and distances
6. Sketch of Swedish history during Linné's lifetime
7. Select bibliography


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