Linnaeus, Sex and Classification

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
0207 434 4479 ext 211

LUNCHTIME LECTURE 12:30–13:00 Wednesday 3 October 2018

Ehret sexual system

Carl Linnaeus's lasting legacy is his binomial nomenclature (genus + species names, by which every organism is scientifically named), but in his day he was most famous for his sexual system of classifying plants. This lecture will give the background to Linnaeus's scandalous sexual system, how it was despised by some contemporaries who called it 'loathsome harlotry', and how, throughout his life, Linnaeus searched for a better, natural system of classifying plants.

Dr Isabelle Charmantier FLS, Head of Collections, Linnean Society of London

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • There is no registration for this event.
  • Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 12:15.
  • Tea will be served in the Library following the lecture.