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Konrad von Gesner
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Born: March 26, 1516

Died: December 13, 1565 (aged 49)

Nationality: Swiss

Occupation: Scientist

Bio: Conrad Gesner was a Swiss naturalist and bibliographer. His five-volume Historiae animalium is considered the beginning of modern zoology, and the flowering plant genus Gesneria is named after him. He is denoted by the author abbreviation Gesner when citing a botanical name.

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