Thomas Lammers lammers at VAXA.CIS.UWOSH.EDU
Fri Aug 16 14:16:15 CDT 2002

At 09:06 PM 8/16/02 +0530, Gurcharan Singh wrote:

>I would like to know the first author (and the publication) to use  the
>term Systematics in literature.

See T. F. Stuessy, Plant Taxonomy: The Systematic Evaluation of
Compoarative data (ISBN 0-231-06784-4, Columbia University Press, New York,
1990), pp. 5-6 for a discussion.  He quotes Linnaeus, Gen Pl. ed. 5 (1754):
"Let two enquirers, one a Systematic, and the other an Empiric ..."  He
also mentions books with the phrase "Systematic[al] Botany" in the title
from 1809 and 1827.

Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Curator of the Herbarium (OSH)
Department of Biology and Microbiology
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901-8640 USA

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Plant systematics; classification, nomenclature, evolution, and biogeography
of the Campanulaceae s. lat.

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