Linnaeus, Carolus (1707–1778)
Linnaeus was the first son of a Swedish clergyman and as a child spent many of his leisure hours collecting animals and plants. He studied medicine, first at Uppsala University in Sweden and then in Holland, before returning to practice in Sweden. The collection of detailed observations of specimens still remained a major interest, however, and from 1741, when he became a professor at Uppsala and received the botanical garden there, until the end of his life he devoted most of his time to this pursuit.
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