Linnean Society of London

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Linnean Society of London

Linnean Society of London

SOUTHGATE, Vaughan Robert (born 1944), DL; FZS, FRSB; President, Linnean Society of London, 2009–12

HARTING, James Edmund (1841 - 1928), formerly Librarian and Assistant Secretary Linnean Society of London, retired, 1902

BENSON, Margaret J. (died 1936), Professor of Botany in University of London, 1912–22; Fellow of University College (London); Fellow of Linnean Society

HARMER, Sidney Frederic (1862 - 1950), Fellow of University College, London; Former President of the Linnean Society of London

EDWARDS, Dianne (born 1942), Distinguished Research Professor in Palaeobotany, Cardiff University (formerly University of Wales, Cardiff), since 1996; President, Linnean Society of London, 2012–15

DAWSON, Warren Royal (1888 - 1968), Hon. Fellow: Imperial College of Science; Medical Society of London; Linnean Society; Hon. Member, Egypt Exploration Society; Membre Associé de l’Institut d’Egypte; Hon. Librarian to the Corporation of Lloyd’s, 1927–48; Frazer Lecturer, Glasgow, 1936

WAGER, Harold William Taylor (1862 - 1929), late HM Staff Inspector of Schools, Secondary Branch, Board of Education; Hon. Lecturer on Botany in the University of Leeds; President Section K (Botany) of the British Association, South African Meeting, 1905; President, British Mycological Society, 1910; President, Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union; 1913; Fellow of the Linnean Soc. London, and of the German Botanical Society, Berlin; hon. member, York Philosophical Society


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A society that takes its name from Carl Linné, the Swedish naturalist and “Father of Taxonomy.” The Society was founded in 1788 (ten years after Linné's death) for “the cultivation of the Science of Natural History in all its branches.” Subsequently the first president of the Society purchased Linné's botanical and zoological collections, and they are held in the Society's museum. An early publication of the Society contains Brown's discovery of the cell nucleus. In 1858 essays by Darwin and Wallace presenting the theory of evolution by natural selection were first published in the Society's Proceedings. The next year another essay by Wallace was published by the Society. In this account of the zoological geography of the Malay Archipelago, the first description of the Wallace line (q.v.) was given. See Chronology, 1735, Linné; 1831, Brown; 1858, Darwin and Wallace; 1859, Wallace.

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