Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Daniel Solander

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted

1733 Dr Daniel Solander (d. May 16, 1782), Swedish botanist strongly associated with the early study of Australian plants. He studied languages and the humanities at Uppsala University where the Professor of Botany was the celebrated Carolus Linnaeus (1707 - '78), who was soon impressed by young Solander's ability and accordingly persuaded his father to let him study natural history. In 1756 Solander edited Linnaeus's Elementa Botanica.

In 1768, Solander and his fellow scientist Dr Herman Spöring were employed by Joseph Banks, to join him on Captain James Cook's first voyage to the Pacific Ocean on board the Endeavour ...

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