The Society has layed out a small garden, the Solander Garden, at the very spot where Solander was born





Daniel Solander
Painting by William Parry

Linnean Society, London

Daniel Solander: The Botanist and Nature's Argonaut


Daniel Solander(1733 - 1782)

was born on the 19th of February, 1733 in Öjebyn, old town of Piteå, in northern Sweden and was brought up in the parsonage at Björklunda in Öjebyn. He studied botany in Uppsala for many years under the leadership of Carl von Linné. In 1759 Solander travelled to England and he soon became a respected member of the Royal Society, the English Science Academy. When captain James Cook left on his famous voyage with the Endeavour around the world on the 26th of August 1768, the Swede Daniel Solander was one of the men on board the ship. Thousands of plants and animals, especially insects were gathered, described and named by Solander during this voyage and in New Zealand and Australia there are many places named after Daniel Solander. Solander never returned to Sweden. He died at the age of 49 in England on the 13th of May 1782.






Updated 2011-04-10