This Day in History: 1722-01-03
Fredrik Hasselquist was born this day. A Swedish naturalist who studied under Linnaeus and was considered one of his apostles (a group of students who carried out botanical and zoological expeditions throughout the world, either devised or approved by him). In response to Linnaeus’ regret at the lack of information about the natural history of Palestine, Hasselquist undertook an expedition there, also visiting parts of Asia Minor, Egypt, and Cyprus, making large natural history collections, but his constitution, naturally weak, gave way under the fatigues of travel, and he died on his way home.
His collections reached home five years after his death and his notes were published by Linnaeus as Voyages and Travels in the Levant, in the Years 1749, 50, 51, 52 (English translation, 1766).