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Darwin-L Message Log 8:3 (April 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<8:3>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu  Sat Apr  2 00:24:51 1994

Date: Sat, 02 Apr 1994 01:24:41 -0500 (EST)
From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu
Subject: April 2 -- Today in the Historical Sciences
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: University of NC at Greensboro

APRIL 2 -- TODAY IN THE HISTORICAL SCIENCES

1747: JOHANN JACOB DILLENIUS dies at Oxford, England, after an attack of
apoplexy.  Born in Germany in 1687, Dillenius studied medicine at Giessen and
was eventually appointed doctor to the town.  His interest in botany won him
election to the Caesare Leopoldina-Carolina Academia Naturae Curiosum, and
he soon published a flora of the region around Giessen, _Catalogus plantarum
circa Gissam sponte nascentium_ (Frankfurt am Main, 1718).  Because Dillenius
was critical of Bachmann, whose botanical system was then popular, he did not
find favor in German systematic circles, and he emigrated to England in 1721
at the invitation of William Sherard, who hired Dillenius to work on his
botanical encyclopedia.  In England Dillenius was elected a fellow of the
Royal Society, and in 1724 he oversaw the publication of the final edition
of John Ray's _Synopsis plantarum_ (London, 1724).  He played host to Linnaeus
in 1736 when the Swedish botanist visited Oxford, and published _Historia
muscorum_, an influential study of the cryptogams, in 1741.  His herbarium
will be preserved in the collections of Oxford University.

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