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Juan Ignacio Molina
Born June 24, 1740(1740-06-24)
Guaraculén, Chile
Died September 12, 1829 (aged 89)
Bologna, Italy

Fr. Juan Ignacio Molina (June 24, 1740 – September 12, 1829) was a Chilean Jesuit priest, naturalist, historian, botanist, ornithologist and geographer.



Molina was born at Guaraculén a big farm located near Villa Alegre, in the current province of Linares, in the Maule Region of Chile. His parents were Agustín Molina and Francisca González Bruna.

He was educated at Talca and the Jesuit College at Concepción. He was forced to leave Chile in 1768 when the Jesuits were expelled. He settled in Bologna and became professor of natural sciences there. He wrote Saggio sulla Storia Naturale del Chili[1] (1782), which was the first account of the natural history of that country, and described many species to science for the first time.

He is usually referred to as Abate Molina (form of Abbott Molina), and is also sometimes known by the Italian form of his name, Giovanni Ignazio Molina.

Botanical taxonomy

Ruiz and Pavon dedicated him Molina, later considered a subgenus of Baccharis by Heering (Reiche 1902), and recently F. H. Hellwig recreated as Neomolina and ranked as genus. Other authors dedicated Moliniopsis, a genus of Gramineae, as synonym of Molinia Schrank nom.illeg. Molina has also been linked to the naming of the genus Maytenus.

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See also


  1. ^ Translated into English as The Geographical, Natural and Civil History of Chili, in two volumes. Volume I,Volume II
  2. ^ "Author Query". International Plant Names Index.  



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Juan Ignacio Molina


Chilean naturalist

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[[File:|thumb|250px|Juan Ignacio Molina]] Juan Ignacio Molina. Born July 24 1740; Died September 12 1829; Chilean Naturalist. He is usually referred to as Abate Molina (form of Abbott Molina). He wrote Compendio della storia geografica, naturale, e civili del regno del Chile (1776), latter translated in English, French, German and Spanish. The journal Moliniana is dedicated in his honour.


Charles E. Ronan: Juan Ignacio Molina. The World's Window on Chile.


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