Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber

Johann Christian Daniel Von Schreber

Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber

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Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber (Weißensee, Thuringia, 1739 — Erlangen, 1810), often styled I.C.D. von Schreber, was a German naturalist.


He was elected Professor of Materia medica at the University of Erlangen in 1769.

In 1774 He began writing a multi-volume set of books entitled Die Säugethiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit Beschreibungen, which focused on the mammals of the world. Many of the animals included were given a scientific name for the first time, following the binomial system of Carolus Linnaeus. From 1791 until his death in 1810, he was the President of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. He was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1787. In April 1795 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society Numerous honors were bestowed on him including the office of an imperial count palatine."Schreber, Joh. Christian Daniel (v.)" by Ernst Wunschmann in: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, herausgegeben von der Historischen Kommission bei der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, vo. 32 (1891), pp. 465–466, Digital edition in Wikisource, URL:,_Johann_Christian_Daniel_Edler_von&oldid=1161756 (Version from March 8 2011)

Schreber also wrote on entomology notably Schreberi Novae Species Insectorvm. His herbarium collection has been preserved in the Botanische Staatssammlung München since 1813.

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