Conrad Gessner, Swiss naturalist

Conrad Gessner, Swiss naturalist

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Caption: Conrad Gessner (1516-1565), Swiss naturalist. Gessner compiled a comprehensive survey (Historiae animalium) of the animal kingdom, presenting known facts, rather than myths. Gessner also wrote a book on fossils. He died of the plague in 1565. At the time, he was trying to compile a survey of the plant kingdom.

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