Carolus Linnaeus, also known as Carl Linnaeus, was a Swedish Botanist from the 18th century (Müller-Wille “Carolus Linnaeus”). He was most known for organizing life using binomial nomenclature, now known as scientific names. For this reason he is called the Father of Taxonomy (Waggoner “Carl Linnaeus”). Carl Linnaeus has greatly impacted modern science by providing a means for classification of organisms, allowing for managing of biodiversity.
Carolus Linnaeus was born on May 23rd, 1707 in Stenbrohult, Sweden (Waggoner “Carl Linnaeus”). His family lived in a poor province in southern Sweden named Småland (Müller-Wille “Carolus Linnaeus”). His father was a Lutheran minister and an amateur botanist, where Carl first developed his love for plants at an early age. His father taught him all the names of the plants in his garden (“Who was Linnaeus?”). His father’s teaching and enthusiasm for botany influenced if not determined Carolus’s future accomplishments.
Linnaeus’s schooling years was guided by his early life interest. At the age of twenty, Linnaeus began to study medicine at Lund University (Müller-Wille “Carolus Linnaeus”). After a year of school, he transferred to Uppsala University, the best school in Sweden, in pursuit of a better course (Waggoner “Carl Linnaeus”). In 1732, Linnaeus was sent as a naturalist to Lapland through the university in search of potential substitutes for expensive imports due to bad trade and famines in Sweden (Moberg “The Life of Linnaeus”).