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March 28, 2007

Celebrating Linnaeus’ 300 Years

May 23, 2007, 6 pm

SeattleCelebrate the 300th birthday of Carl Linnaeus, the "father" of modern taxonomy, with the Burke Museum. Join curator of Ichthyology Dr. Ted Pietsch for an evening lecture, The Curious Death of Peter Artedi, and examine Linnaeus’ serendipitous rise to scientific fame after the death of his friend and fellow taxonomist, the ichthyologist Peter Artedi.

University of Washington Herbarium curator Dr. Dick Olmstead will also present the life and legacy of Carl Linnaeus, including a display of plants named for Linnaeus.

Carl Linnaeus is best known for his contributions to developing a universal system of taxonomy. In 1735, Linnaeus published Systema Naturae,which helped to establish a system of naming, ranking, and classifying organisms. While many of Linnaeus’ classifications have since been revised, he is credited for proposing and consistently using binomial nomenclature (genus and species names) and a hierarchical classification system.

This event is free to all and donations are welcomed.

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