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Kuntze, Otto, 1843-1907
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Linnaea or Obolaria? / by Otto Kuntze ; [with a further note by] B. Daydon.Jackson.
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Soulsby no. 291

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pp. 276-281
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With reference to a review by B. Daydon Jackson of the author's "Revisio Generum Plantarum" ... , Pars III1, 1893, in the Journal of Botany, Vol.32, pp. 25-29, 1894
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Published in: The journal of botany, British and foreign, Vol. 32 (1894), pp. 276-281
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Linné, Carl von, 1707-1778
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Jackson, Benjamin Daydon,
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By permission of the Trustees of The Natural History Museum (London)
Otto Kuntze (1843-1907) was born in Leipzig. An apothecary in his early career, he published an essay entitled "Pocket Fauna of Leipzig". Between 1863 and 1866 he worked as tradesman in Berlin and travelled through central Europe and Italy. From 1868 to 1873 he had his own factory for essential oils and attained a comfortable standard of living. Between 1874 and 1876, he travelled around the world: The Caribbean, USA, Japan, China, South East Asia, Arabian peninsula and Egypt. The journal of these travels was published as "Around the World" (1881). From 1876 to 1878 he studied Natural Science in Berlin and Leipzig and gained his doctorate in Freiburg with a monograph of the genus <Cinchona>. He edited the botanical collection from his world voyage encompassing 7,700 specimens in Berlin and Kew Gardens. The publication came as a shock to botany, since Kuntze had entirely revised taxonomy. His three-volume treatise, "Revisio Generum Plantarum" (1891) was widely rejected or deliberately ignored. In 1886, Kuntze visited the Russian near East and spent the 1887-1888 period on the Canary Islands. The results of both journeys became part of his main work, the "Revisio ...". At the beginning of the 1890s he left for South America, of which he managed to see nearly all countries. In 1894, he visited the southern African countries as well as the German colonies. In the last years of his life, Kuntze moved permanently to Sanremo (Italy). His revolutionary ideas about botanic nomenclature created a conflict at the 2nd Congress of Botany, as a result of which the doors of the academic world were closed to him. He died in Sanremo two years later. (Text derived from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_Kuntze)
Benjamin Daydon Jackson (April 3, 1846-October 12, 1927), born in London, was a pioneering botanist and taxonomist who wrote the first volume of Index Kewensis to include all the flowering plants. He was the eldest child of Benjamin Daydon Jackson (c.1806-1855) and Elizabeth Gaze (b.c.1815) (From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Daydon_Jackson ) He became a Fellow of the Linnean Society before he was 22, and when he was 34 was appointed its secretary, an office which he filled with distinction from 1880 till 1902, when he became general secretary. He was a curator of the Linnean Collections and editor of the "Index Kewensis. He was engaged for nearly 14 years on the preparation of this great work, which is indispensable to systematic botanists all over the world. The idea of the index originated with Darwin. His published works include, besides the "Index Kewensis" (1893-95) and the supplement to it (with Th. Durand), 1901-04; "Linnæus, the Story of His Life," 1923, an English edition of Professor Fries's great work; "Notes on a Catalogue of the Linnean Herbarium," 1922; "Catalogue of Linnean Specimens of Zoology," 1913; "Guide to the Literature of Botany," 1881; "Vegetable Technology, a Glossary of Botanical Terms," 1882 (a third edition of which was published in 1916); biographies of George Bentham, John Gerard, and Dr. William Turner; and "Darwinia." He also edited "New Genera and Species of Cyperaceæ," and "Illustrations of Cyperaceæ," by the late C. B. Clarke. He was besides the author of many shorter publications, mainly on botany and botanic history and bibliography. Dr. Jackson, who was an honorary Ph.D. of Upsala, was created a Knight of the Swedish Order of the Polar Star in 1907, on the occasion of the Linnearn bicentenary celebrations". (http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Times/1927/Obituary/Benjamin_Daydon_Jackson)
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