Carolus Clusius

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Clusius, Carolus


(Charles de Lécluse). Born Feb. 19, 1526, in Arras; died Apr. 4, 1609, in Leiden. French naturalist and physician. Clusius studied in Switzerland, Germany, and France. Later he directed the botanical gardens in Vienna; he became a professor at the University of Leiden in 1593. Clusius gave the first descriptions of many plants and animals of Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. He defined several plant families for the first time. Clusius helped introduce cultivation of the potato to Europe.


Hunger, F. W. T. Charles de l’Escluse, vols. 1–2. The Hague, 1927–43.
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Carolus Clusius's reputation as an authority on Asian botany was in fact established by simply publishing a heavily annotated edition of da Orta's Coloquios.
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Thus, he devotes considerable space in Chapter 3 to carefully scrutinizing the religious and political debates that framed the career of the prominent early seventeenth-century botanist Carolus Clusius, who founded the botanical garden at Leiden, and the ways in which Clusius sought to distance himself from these debates by developing an observational style that privileged descriptive detail, that is, that favored knowledge based on particulars, rather than on all-too-controversial general principles.
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Estimant les botanistes italiens etre les plus connus et les mieux etudies et les botanistes iberiques les plus meconnus et les moins bien etudies (et, implicitement, les moins fiables), l'auteur decide d'exclure ces extremes de son champ d'investigation pour se concentrer sur la production des savants d'Europe du Nord, a savoir les naturalistes allemands, suisses et flamands tels que Hieronymus Bock, Leonart Fuchs, Conrad Gessner, Otto Brunfels, Carolus Clusius ou Caspar Bauhin.
Here, an excited circle of humanistic botanical enthusiasts, including figures like the botanists Carolus Clusius (1526-1609) and Joachim Camerarius (1500-70), corresponded about tulips throughout Europe in the later sixteenth century.
The science of breeding hybrids was poorly understood--a gardener who wished to produce a dark red flower would pour red wine over his beds--but successful enough that when the great French botanist Carolus Clusius set out to catalogue the varieties of tulip in the late sixteenth century, he identified thirty-four distinct groups of hybrids, though the flower had been in Europe only a short time.