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Carolus Linnaeus

Portrait of Carolus Linnaeus (1707–1778) engraved by C. E. Wagstaff from an oil painting by L. Pasch after an original by A. Roslin (1775) at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Hunt Institute Archives portrait no. 20.

Order from Chaos: Linnaeus Disposes

This online exhibition, curated by the library of the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, provides an in-depth overview of Carolus Linnaeus (1707–1778) and his achievements.

Linnaeus (also known as Carl von Linné) was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist whose work laid the foundations of modern biological systematics and nomenclature. Long before Linnaeus, classical science was important in the shaping of subsequent science in the West. Transmitted through the cultures of the Mediterranean area, classical science was recovered during the Renaissance and ensuing Scientific Revolution, and undergirded the search for a new botanical system. Drawing on the work of his predecessors and contemporaries, Linnaeus developed a coherent system for describing, classifying and naming organisms. Linnaeus’ students traveled the globe to explore and collect information and specimens. Aspects of the Linnaean system have enabled amateurs and professionals worldwide to identify, name and describe plants for more than two centuries.

The Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation.

This exhibition hung in the Hunt Institute gallery from April 28 to July 31, 2002.

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