Who was Linnaeus?
Carl Linnaeus is famous for his work in Taxonomy: the science of identifying, naming and classifying organisms (plants, animals, bacteria, fungi & more).
Click on the tiles below to find out more about who Linnaeus was, why he remains an important figure today, and what work the Linnean Society and Linnean Learning are doing in his name.
Linnaeus loved exploring nature in his garden from an early age. Here you'll find a short history of the early years of Linnaeus' life
His career and legacy
Did you know Linnaeus was a professor, scientist AND doctor? He had an impressive career which still affects the way we work today.
The Special Species Game
Every species has its own unique scientific name that is chosen by the individual or team that discovers it. The name usually reflects something about the species itself.
Carl Linnaeus came up with the 'binomial' naming system, which means two names. Every species is known by two names - we are Homo sapiens (meaning human thinking, or wise).
Visit our Special Species page to create your own binomial and imagine what characteristics your new lifeform might have (and why!).
Linnaeus' New Portrait Competition!
This competition Every year we invited 8-13 year olds to create a new portrait that Carl Linnaeus would really like, to be displayed at the Linnean Society in London.
This year, 8-13-year-olds are tasked with creating a portrait of themselves alongside a plant that is special to them or that lives nearby, inspired by the work of John Tyley.
Click here for full competition information.