Carl Linnaeus

Taxonomist, Botanist, Physician and Zoologist Carl Linnaeus

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


Biography: The Swedish scientist is considered the 'the father of modern taxonomy'.

In 1753 Linnaeus published his " Species Plantarum", which defined the principles for grouping, ranking and naming organisms into genera and species (binomial nomenclature). it was quickly adapted by other botanists and expanded.

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

Died: January 10, 1778 (aged 70)

Married Life

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

Historical Events

  • 1732-05-12 Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus sets off from Uppsala on a six-month journey to Lapland
  • 1753-05-01 Publication of "Species Plantarum" by Carl Linnaeus - 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