Carl Linnaeus, the 'Father of Botany' (part I)
Last updated 11/2/2007 at Noon
This year marks the 300-year birth date celebration of the man responsible for turning around the plant world with his systematic classification of plants and giving them botanical Latin names that are still in use today.
Carl Linnaeus, or Carl von Linnaeus, as he later was called, was born on May 23, 1707, in the province of Småland in southern Sweden. His father, Nils Linnaeus, was a priest who enjoyed gardening and dabbled a bit in basic botany as well.
His parents decided early on that their son Carl would became a priest also, for that profession had stability, usually a house attac...