This Day In History: 1730-06-01


Laurens Theodorus Gronovius (1730 – 1777) was born on this day.
He was a Dutch naturalist and collector of natural history objects, mainly known for his ichthyological work. Son of botanist Jan Frederik Gronovius, one of Linnaeus’ botanical patrons. Gronovius amassed one of the most extensive collection of zoological and botanical specimens of his day and is credited with developing a technique for preservation of fish skins, some of which survive today in the Natural History Museum, London. His best known work is Museum ichthyologicum (1754-56), in which he described over 200 species of fish.

Gronovius is honoured in the names of a number of species under gronovii.