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ARTEDI, PETER (1705-1735), Swedish naturalist, was born
in the province of Angermania, in Sweden, on the 22nd of
February 1705. Intending to become a clergyman, he went, in
1724, to study theology at Upsala, but he turned his attention to
medicine and natural history, especially ichthyology, upon the
study of which he exercised great influence (see Ichthyology).
In 1728 his countryman Linnaeus arrived in Upsala, and a lasting
friendship was formed between the two. In 1732 both
left Upsala, Artedi for England, and Linnaeus for Lapland;
but before parting they reciprocally bequeathed to each other
their manuscripts and books in the event of death. He
was accidentally drowned on the 27th of September 1735 at
Amsterdam, where he was engaged in cataloguing the collections
of Albert Seba, a wealthy Dutchman, who had formed what was
perhaps the richest museum of his time. According to agreement,
his manuscripts came into the hands of Linnaeus, and his
Bibliotheca Ichthyologica and Philosophia Ichthyologica, together
with a life of the author, were published at Leiden in the year 1738.
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