This Day in History: 1748-08-08

Johann Friedrich Gmelin (1748 – 1804) was born on this day. He was a German naturalist, herpetologist, and malacologist, who belonged to a well known family of naturalists and scientists. Gmelin is best remembered as publisher of the 13th edition of Systema Naturae by Carl Linnaeus (1788 – 1789).

Gmelin described a wide range of taxa, both flora and fauna including gastropods and fishes; it is difficult to identify species named specifically in his honour given the possible confusion with those named for other family members.