Carl Linnaeus Statue - Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
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Quick Description: This statue of Carl Linnaeus is one of several statues that adorn the north west facade of the Royal Academy in Burlington Gardens. This is one of the statues at low level.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/7/2016 6:49:19 AM
Waymark Code: WMTDP1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Elritsa
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Long Description:

The Linnean Society of London is located in rooms at the south east entrance to the Royal Academy in Piccadilly.

This life-size statue of Carl Linnaeus is carved in stone and shows Linnaeus standing dressed in robes and wearing hose. By his left foot is a pile of books and his left hand is also holding a book against his chest - presumably "Systema Naturae". His right arm and hand are down by his side with the hand holding a quill pen. The name "Linnaeus" is carved below his feet.

Wikipedia has an article about Carl Linnaeus that tells us:

Carl Linnaeus (23 May 1707 – 10 January 1778), also known after his ennoblement as Carl von Linné, was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, who formalised the modern system of naming organisms called binomial nomenclature. He is known by the epithet "father of modern taxonomy". Many of his writings were in Latin, and his name is rendered in Latin as Carolus Linnæus (after 1761 Carolus a Linné).

Linnaeus was born in the countryside of Småland, in southern Sweden. He received most of his higher education at Uppsala University, and began giving lectures in botany there in 1730. He lived abroad between 1735 and 1738, where he studied and also published a first edition of his Systema Naturae in the Netherlands. He then returned to Sweden, where he became professor of medicine and botany at Uppsala. In the 1740s, he was sent on several journeys through Sweden to find and classify plants and animals. In the 1750s and 1760s, he continued to collect and classify animals, plants, and minerals, and published several volumes. At the time of his death, he was one of the most acclaimed scientists in Europe.

The philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau sent him the message: "Tell him I know no greater man on earth." The German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote: "With the exception of Shakespeare and Spinoza, I know no one among the no longer living who has influenced me more strongly." Swedish author August Strindberg wrote: "Linnaeus was in reality a poet who happened to become a naturalist". Among other compliments, Linnaeus has been called Princeps botanicorum (Prince of Botanists), "The Pliny of the North," and "The Second Adam". He is also considered as one of the founders of modern ecology.

In botany, the author abbreviation used to indicate Linnaeus as the authority for species' names is L. In older publications, sometimes the abbreviation "Linn." is found (for instance in: Cheeseman, T.F. (1906) – Manual of the New Zealand Flora). Linnaeus' remains comprise the type specimen for the species Homo sapiens, following the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, since the sole specimen he is known to have examined when writing the species description was himself.


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