The Japanese imperial couple in Uppsala earlier this year

Japan’s Emperor Praises Linné

As Sweden continues to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Carl von Linné, Emperor Akihito of Japan has paid tribute to the 18th-century Swedish scientist, saying his ground-breaking system of classifying wildlife helped ease Japan’s long isolation with the rest of the world.

According to the Emperor, as the father of taxonomy, Linné’s method of naming and ranking living things using a two-word Latin nomenclature has become a universal language     

In a lecture in London to mark the 300th anniversary of Linné’s birth, Akihito, himself a respected scientist, said the Swede’s work had been a vital conduit at a time when Japan was hermetically sealed from the rest of the world.

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