Carl Linné, who was born in 1707, showed, since childhood, a talent for botany. At the age of five, he received from his father, pastor of a Lutheran church and amateur botanist, a garden to take care of himself. Over time, Linné's vocation became more evident.
Unlike the wishes of his parents, who wanted him to pursue a religious career, at the end of his basic studies Linné decided to go to medical school. This was all in the year 1727, when I was 20 years old.
At that time, medical students also studied plants, as they prescribed herbs to their patients. During his studies, Linné spent a great deal of time devoting himself to collecting and studying botanical species. After college, our young scientist decided to go on an expedition through the interior of Sweden. This expedition served to discover new plant species in a region considered unknown to his country at that time. At that time, many species were not known, as the practice of describing living things was slowly becoming popular.
Although he did not become a priest, Linné was religious - just like most people at that time. The researcher believed that the study of nature showed the organization of God's creation. So, he thought, it was his job as a botanist to construct a classification that showed this order of the universe. That is why Linné came up with the idea of creating a classification system for living things, which would eventually become his most important scientific work: the binomial species naming system.