Gesner, Konrad von (15161565)

Gesner, Konrad von, Swiss scholar and naturalist, born at Zurich; hampered by ill-health and poverty in his youth, he yet contrived by unremitting diligence to obtain an excellent education at Strasburg, Bourges, and Paris; in his twenty-first year he obtained an appointment in Zurich University, and in 1537 became professor of Greek at Lausanne; abandoning the idea he entertained of entering the Church, he determined to adopt the medical profession instead, graduated at Basel in 1540, and a year later went to Zurich to occupy the chair of Natural History and to practise as a doctor; his chief works are the “Bibliotheca Universalis” (a catalogue and summary of all Hebrew, Greek, and Latin works then known to exist), and the “Historia Animalium”; these monuments of learning have won him the cognomen of the German Pliny (15161565).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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