Darwin-L Message Log 6:85 (February 1994)

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<6:85>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu  Thu Feb 17 21:28:23 1994

Date: Thu, 17 Feb 1994 22:31:17 -0400 (EDT)
From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu
Subject: February 17 -- Today in the Historical Sciences
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: University of NC at Greensboro


1794 (200 years ago today): KAREL BORIWOJ PRESL is born at Prague,
Czechoslovakia.  Presl's interest in natural history will develop in his
youth, and at the age of eighteen he will publish a study of the cryptogams
of Bohemia.  He will receive his medical degree in 1818 but will practice
only briefly, preferring instead to take a curatorial position at the National
Museum in Prague.  An opportunity to study a large collection of plants from
South America and the Far East will confirm Presl in his interest in ferns,
and in 1836 he will publish _Tentamen Pteridographiae_, one of the most
comprehensive studies of pterydophytes to appear during the early 1800s.
At his death in 1852, Presl's collections, containing many specimens of
rare ferns, will be bequeathed to Charles University in Prague.

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