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10/01/1778 Swedish biologist Carl Linné dies

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A film about Carl Linnaeus | Natural History Museum

Carl von Linné was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, who formalized the modern system of naming organisms called binomial nomenclature. He is known by the epithet "father of modern taxonomy". The philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau sent him the message: "Tell him I know no greater man on earth."