13
June 2019

THE HERBARIUM OF CARL LINNAEUS AND THE LINNEAN SOCIETY IF LONDON

Welcome to The Arts Society Cardiff
Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 02:00
Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road
Canton Cardiff CF5 1QE

Carl Linnaeus was a Swedish botanist, physician and botanist who formalised the binomial system, a system of naming organisms. Thus, we humans are known as 'Homo sapiens', the common lawn daisy as 'Bella perennis'. This system has enabled communication across centuries and between societies. He was the first man in Europe to flower and fruit a banana and he developed a technique for growing seed pearls.

THE ARTS SOCIETY ACCREDITED LECTURER

Dr Mark Spencer

I have been fascinated by plants since I was a small boy. Originally a horticulturist, I studied horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. I also studied botany and mycology at university, after which I worked as a field botanist for a regional conservation organisation. After 12 years as a senior botany curator at the Natural History Museum, London I am now a consultant forensic botanist, public speaker and occasional radio and TV presenter. I am the honorary curator of Carl Linnaeus’s herbarium at the Linnean Society of London, one of the most significant collections in the history of science. I have a strong interest in the history of botany and botanic gardens, invasive non-native species and the flora of North-West Europe.

I am happy to discuss alternative lecture topics or study days.