Published: June 2007
Learn More
In Learn More the National Geographic magazine team shares some of its best sources and other information to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects. Special thanks to the Research Division.

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Linné Online
Sweden's Uppsala University—where Carl Linnaeus was both a student and a popular professor—presents this website, a rich source of information on the man and his times.

Swedish Museum of Natural History
Read a biography of Linnaeus and link to the Linnean Herbarium, which includes some of Linnaeus's original plant specimens among its collection. Search by species to see color reproductions of nearly 4,000 specimens.

Linnean Society of London
Founded in 1788 for the study of natural history, the Linnean Society of London preserves the bulk of Linnaeus's botanical and zoological collections as well as his personal library of books, manuscripts, and correspondence.

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
Specializing in the history of botany, the Hunt Institute presents "Order From Chaos," an online exhibition about Linnaeus's remarkable accomplishments. It includes Web links and an extensive bibliography.


Blunt, Wilfrid. Linnaeus: The Compleat Naturalist. Francis Lincoln Publishers, 2004.

Farber, Paul Lawrence. Finding Order in Nature: The Naturalist Tradition from Linnaeus to E. O. Wilson. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.

Frängsmayr, Tore, ed. Linnaeus: The Man and His Work. University of California Press, 1983.

Koerner, Lisbet. Linnaeus: Nature and Nation. Harvard University Press, 2001.

Linnaeus, Carl. Linnaeus' Philosophia Botanica. Trans. Stephen Freer. Oxford University Press, 2005.

Müller-Wille, Staffan. "The Love of Plants." Nature (March 15, 2007), 268.

Pennisi, Elizabeth. "Modernizing the Tree of Life." Science (June 13, 2003), 1692-97.

Schmitz, Helene, and Nils Uddenberg. A Passion for Systems: Linnaeus and the Dream of Order in Nature. Natur & Kultur, 2007.

NGS Resources

Jerome, Kate Boehm. A World of Plants. National Geographic Books, 2006.

Jones, Raymond. Classifying Living Things. National Geographic Books, 2006.

Kincaid, Jamaica. Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya. National Geographic Books, 2005.

Baker, Nick. The Amateur Naturalist. National Geographic Books, 2004.

Stephens, Catherine. Classification Clues. National Geographic Books, 2004.

Bendavid-Val, Leah. Gardens. National Geographic Books, 2003.

Taylor, Leroy. What Plant Is This? National Geographic Books, 2003.

Klesius, Michael. "The Big Bloom: How Flowering Plants Changed the World." National Geographic (July 2002), 102-21.

Camp, W. H. "The World in Your Garden." National Geographic (July 1947), 1-65.