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Carl Linnaeus
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Scientist
    (May 23, 1707-January 10, 1778)
    Born in Rashult, Sweden
    Also known as Carolus Linnaeus and Carl von Linne
    Physician and botanist
    Developed binomial nomenclature for formally naming species
    Considered the father of modern taxonomy (the science of describing and categorizing organisms)
    Published 'Systema Naturae' (first edition, 1735; 13th and final edition, 1770)
    He refused to send his daughters to school.
    He declared, 'God created, Linnaeus organized.'
    He considered himself a second Adam and on the cover of 'Systema Naturae,' depicted a man giving Linnean names to animals being created in the Garden of Eden.
    He wrote that his fellow Europeans were 'swift, clever and inventive' while Africans were 'slow, relaxed and negligent.'
    He earned a degree from the University of Harderwijk in the Netherlands in only six days, which consisted mostly of publishing his botanical notes.
    He grew marijuana. (But only as part of a study of plant sexuality.)
    He was the most famous scientist of his day.
    Catherine the Great sent him seeds from Russian plants for study.
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau declared, 'I know no greater man on earth.'

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