The English Pupil Historical Context

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Carl Linnaeus was born in 1707 in Sweden. His father was a Lutheran minister. Even as a child, Linnaeus was interested in botany. At the age of five, he looked after his own garden. As a young man, he studied medicine and natural history at the University of Lund and University of Uppsala, graduating with a degree in medicine from the latter. In 1730, he was appointed lecturer in botany at the University of Uppsala, and two years later he embarked alone on his journey to Lappland in northern Sweden, the natural history of which was almost unknown at the time. This is the trip referred to in “The English Pupil” and as a result of his published findings, Linnaeus became well known in Sweden. According to Arvid H. J. Uggla, Linnaeus's diary of his Lappland adventure “is one of the treasures of...

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