Today is the 300th birthday of Linnaeus, aka Carl Linnaeus, Carolus Linnaeus, Carl von LinnÃ©, Carl LinnÃ©, etc. etc. Oh, heck, just call him Carl. Happy birthday, Carl! NPR reports that more than 600 birthday parties/science education events are going on around the planet this week – none bigger than in Sweden:
This month marks the 300th birthday of Carl Linnaeus, Sweden’s beloved botanist who gave order to the plant and animal kingdoms.
The Swedes will celebrate on Wednesday with a jubilee in Uppsala, complete with Linnaeus cream cakes.
And well they should, “Carl Linnaeus is by far the most internationally well-known Swede that has ever lived”!
Break out the meatballs while you’re at it! The NPR story also goes a bit into how DNA and the proliferation of ranks are continually changing Linnaeus’s system.
Sadly, there is nothing in the story about Hennig and cladistics – Hennig’s 100th is coming up in 2013 – but even if rank-free taxonomy completely takes over eventually, I bet Linnaeus will still cast enough of a shadow to get some birthday parties in 2107.
Here is the official Linnaeus 2007 website.
HT: Brent Mishler