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The Linnean Society of London is the world's premier society for the study and dissemination of taxonomy and natural history. It publishes a Zoological Journal, as well as Botanical and Biological Journals. It also issues The Linnean, a review of the history of the society and of taxonomy in general.

The Linnean Society was founded in 1788, taking its name from the Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus. The Society is based at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. Individual membership categories are: Student member, Associate member and full Fellow. All forms of membership require nomination by at least two Fellows and are subject to election. Fellows use the designation FLS after their names.

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Medals and prizes

The Linnean Society of London aims to promote the study of all aspects of the biological sciences, with particular emphasis on evolution, taxonomy, biodiversity and sustainability. Through awarding medals and grants, the Society acknowledges and encourages excellence in all of these fields.

The following medals and prizes are awarded by the Linnean Society:

  • Linnean Medal, established 1888, awarded annually to alternately a botanist or a zoologist or (as has been common since 1958) to one of each in the same year.
  • H. H. Bloomer Award, established 1963 from a legacy by the amateur naturalist Harry Howard Bloomer, awarded "an amateur naturalist who has made an important contribution to biological knowledge"
  • Bicentenary Award, established 1978, on the 200th anniversary of the death of Linnaeus, "in recognition of work done by a person under the age of 40 years".
  • Jill Smythies Award, established 1986, awarded for botanical illustrations.
  • Irene Manton Prize, established 1990, for the best dissertation in botany during an academic year.
  • The Darwin-Wallace Medal, for major advances in evolutionary biology.

Collections

Linnaeus' botanical and zoological collections were purchased in 1783 by Sir James Edward Smith, the first President of the society, and are now held in London by the society. The collections include 14,000 plants, 158 fish, 1,564 shells, 3,198 insects, 1,600 books and 3,000 letters and documents. They may be viewed by appointment.

Smith's own plant collection is also held by the Society. It has been databased by the Smith Herbarium Project at the National Museums Liverpool. 6,000 specimens have been cleaned and repaired.

Linnean Societies worldwide

Australia

Canada

  • Société linnéenne du Québec

France

  • La Société Linnéenne de la Seine maritime
  • Société linnéenne de Lyon
  • Société linnéenne de Provence
  • Société Linnéenne de Bordeaux
  • Société Linnéenne de Normandie

Sweden

United Kingdom

  • The Linnean Society of London

United States

  • The Linnean Society of Lake Superior, Inc.
  • The Linnaean Society of New York

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Simple English

The Linnean Society of London is the world's biggest society for the study and discussion of taxonomy and natural history. It publishes a Zoological Journal, as well as Botanical and Biological Journals. It also prints The Linnean, a review of the history of the society and of taxonomy.

The Linnean Society was started in 1788. It was named after the Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus. The Society is based at Burlington House in Piccadilly, London. Members can be a Student member, an Associate member or a full Fellow. To become a member, a person needs to be nominated by two or more Fellows, and succeed in an election. Fellows of the society can use the letters FLS after their names to show their membership of the Society (for example, John Smith FLS).

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Medals and prizes

The Linnean Society of London wants to promote the study of all areas of the biological sciences. They especially want to promote the study of evolution, taxonomy, biodiversity and sustainability. The Society awards medals and grants to help with this.

The following medals and prizes are awarded by the Linnean Society:

  • The Linnean Medal was started in 1888. It was awarded (until 1958) to a botanist one year and to a zoologist the next year. Since 1958 it has been awarded to one of each in the same year.
  • The H. H. Bloomer Award was started in 1963. The money comes from a legacy from the amateur naturalist Harry Howard Bloomer. It is awarded to an amateur naturalist who has made an important contribution to biology.
  • The Bicentenary Award was started in 1978, on the 200th anniversary of the death of Linnaeus. It is given to someone who has done important work and who is under the age of 40 years.
  • The Jill Smythies Award was started in 1986. It is awarded for botanical illustrations.
  • The Irene Manton Prize was started in 1990. It is awarded for the best dissertation in botany during an academic year.
  • The Darwin-Wallace Medal is awarded for very important advances in evolutionary biology.

Collections

Linnaeus' botanical and zoological collections were bought in 1783 by Sir James Edward Smith, the first President of the society. They are held in London by the Society. The collections include 14,000 plants, 158 fish, 1,564 shells, 3,198 insects, 1,600 books and 3,000 letters and documents. If you want to see them, you need to make an [wikt:appointment|appointment]].

James Smith's own plant collection is also kept by the Society. It has been put into a database by the Smith Herbarium Project at the National Museums Liverpool. 6,000 plants have been cleaned and repaired.

Linnean Societies worldwide

Australia

  • Linnean Society of New South Wales

Canada

  • Société linnéenne du Québec

France

  • La Société Linnéenne de la Seine maritime
  • Société linnéenne de Lyon
  • Société linnéenne de Provence
  • Société Linnéenne de Bordeaux
  • Société Linnéenne de Normandie

Sweden

  • The Swedish Linnaeus Society

United Kingdom

  • The Linnean Society of London

United States

  • The Linnean Society of Lake Superior, Inc.
  • The Linnaean Society of New York

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