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Theophrastus of Lesbos (c.371-c.287 BC), Ancient Greek philosopher. Known as the "father of botany", Theophrastus studied with Plato in Athens and then worked with Aristotle at the Lyceum school. Theophrastus described over 500 plant species and devised an advanced classification scheme for plants. Artwork from the 19th century book Vies des Savants Illustres.
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