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Blind naturalist George Rumphius at work

Blind naturalist George Rumphius at work

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George Rumphius. Portrait of the blind 18th century naturalist George Rumphius at work at the age of 68. Rumphius made the first survey of the flora and fauna of the Spice Islands (Moluccas or Maluku) in Indonesia. When he became blind at the age of 30 he worked on using his sense of touch and help from his assistants.

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