Who was Linnaeus?

Carl Linnaeus is famous for his work in Taxonomy: the science of identifying, naming and classifying organisms.

Carl Linnaeus is famous for his work in Taxonomy, the science of identifying, naming and classifying organisms (plants, animals, bacteria, fungi, etc.).

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' New Portrait Competition!

Every year we invited 8-11 year olds to create a new portrait that Carl Linnaeus would really like, to be displayed at the Linnean Society in London.

This year, Linnaeus would like a new portrait of his furry friend, Sjupp, who you can find about in the video below, and the video series 'Stories with Sjupp'.

Click here for full competition information.