Peter Stevens peter.stevens at MOBOT.ORG
Fri Aug 16 10:43:30 CDT 2002

When reading early literature when the word "systematist" (or
"systematiste", etc.) appears, beware; its meaning may not be what
you think it is.  it may refer to somebody who uses lots of
characters to make divisions, or somebody who uses only a single
character...  Times have not changed.

Peter S.

>Linnaeus used the term "Systematists" in 1737.  I don't know if it
>was used earlier than that.
>Gurcharan Singh wrote:
>>  Dear Colleagues
>>  I would like to know the first author (and the publication) to use
>>the term Systematics in literature.
>>  Gurcharan Singh
>>  Dr. Gurcharan Singh
>>  Department of Botany
>>Res: 932 Anand Kunj
>>  Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College                            Vikas Puri
>>  University of Delhi , Delhi-110 007, INDIA
>>New Delhi-110018
>>  Email: singhg at; singhkg at
>>  Phone: 5531534  Cell: 9810359089
>>  **********************************************************************
>Richard J. Jensen              TEL: 574-284-4674
>Department of Biology      FAX: 574-284-4716
>Saint Mary's College         E-mail: rjensen at
>Notre Dame, IN  46556

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