Carolus Linnaeus: Jack Of All Trades Essay

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To many people, Carolus Linnaeus is characterized as being the greatest symbol in Sweden as a naturalist scientist. He was a taxonomist, a botanist, a zoologist, an ecologist, he also worked in medicine and in natural history but his main passion was botany (Anderson 10). He became world famous and was named an important naturalist because of the system he developed and used to name and classify plants, animals, minerals, and even on occasion humans. People do not truly understand this man if they only look at and consider his accomplishments in botany. When people only consider Carl Linnaeus as a world famous botanist, they are eliminating very important aspects of his life. Carl Linnaeus was a “jack-of-all-trades” and here all of those trades will be covered and focused on (Koerner 14).
Without accurately knowing all of the accomplishments that Carl Linnaeus has made throughout his life, one is really missing out on all the great research and information that was conducted by him. His whole journey throughout life and contributions to this wonderful world began when Carl was only four years old. He was on a picnic adventure with family and some family friends and his father gathered oodles of wildflowers from around Lake Möckeln in Sweden, which is where they were picnicking. Ever since that day when Nils, Carl’s father, named each of the wildflowers that he had picked to his guests, Carl was determined to learn the names of every plant in and around his hometown (Anderson 9). By the time that young, dedicated Carl became a college student, he had already learned every single name of all the flowers in his home province of Småland and he was still not satisfied. He continued his search of finding and naming even more plants and he even starting traveling to other parts of Sweden to encounter new plants to name (Anderson 10). Carl wanted to improve the current naming system that everyone used during the 18th century because ever since he was younger, he dedicated his whole mind to educating himself on all the names of all the plants and flowers and it is because of this attribute that Carl Linnaeus’s passion became names and that he received the honor of being named among the greatest scientists known to the world during that time (Anderson 10). Carl developed binomial nomenclature which included having the first part of the name being the group that the plant or animal belonged to and the second part was the species within that group that the plant or animal correlated to. This system that was developed was based on Latin because sciences all use Latin to describe and categorize information. Carl wanted to expand his horizon with binomial nomenclature. He wanted to step back and now focus more on the animal portion of the system.
Linnaeus received help in the animal portion of his improved naming system because he was not inclined to certain animals, and he also basically followed the procedures formed by a previous...

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