This Day in History: 1745-01-07

Johan Christian Fabricius was born on this day. A Danish zoologist specializing in entomology at a time when the ‘Insecta’ included arthropods such as arachnids and crustaceans. A student of Linnaeus, he is considered one of the most important entomologists of the 18th century having named nearly 10,000 species of insects, and helping to establish the basis for modern insect classification. He was involved in the preparation of Niebuhr’s post mortum publication of the work of Peter Forsskål, Descriptiones animalium, Flora Aegyptiaco-Arabica and Icones rerum naturalium.