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Carolus Linnaeus

Taxonomist, Botanist, Physician and Zoologist Carolus Linnaeus

Full Name: Carolus Linneus (Karlvon Linné)
Profession: Taxonomist, Botanist, Physician and Zoologist


Why Famous: The father of modern taxonomy.

Linnaeus defined the principles for grouping, ranking and naming organisms into genera and species (binomial nomenclature).

Born: May 23, 1707
Birthplace: Råshult, Sweden
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: January 10, 1778 (aged 70)

Married Life

  • 1739-06-26 Taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus (32) weds Sara Elisabeth Moræa

Historical Events

  • 1753-05-01 Publication of Species Plantarum by Carolus Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature
  • 1758-01-01 The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature establish the "starting point" for standardized species names across the animal kingdom, based on the binomial nomenclature by Carolus Linnaeus 10th edition of Systema Naturae