Johan Peter Falk

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Johan Peter Falk (26 November 1732 – 31 March 1774) was a Swedish botanist and an apostle of Carl Linnaeus. His first name is sometimes spelled "Johann"; his middle name is sometimes spelled "Pehr"; and his surname is sometimes spelled "Falck". [1]


Falk was born in the parish of Broddetorp in Västergötland, Sweden. He was the son of Peter Falck (1701-1754) and his wife Beata Winge (1706-1771). He studied at the University of Uppsala under Carl Linnaeus as served as a tutor for his son, Carl Linnaeus the Younger. He defended his dissertation in 1762. [1]

Falk traveled to Russia and in 1763 and became Curator for the Cabinet of Natural History in St. Petersburg. In 1765, Falck was appointed Professor in medicine and botany at the Russian Academy of Sciences. He participated in the expedition to the central Russian province of Povolzhye, Siberia, Altay, and Transbaikal (1768–1774) organised by the Prussian scientist Peter Simon Pallas (1741–1811). In 1774, Falk took his own life in Kazan. Falk's notes were published in Germany as Beyträge zur topgraphischen Kentniss des russischen Reichs I.III (1785–1786). They were edited by Johann Gottlieb Georgi (1729–1802) [2] [3]


  1. ^ a b Sigurd Lindman. "Johan Peter Falck". Svenskt biografiskt lexikon. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "Peter Simon Pallas". Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "Johann Gottlieb Georgi". Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  4. ^ IPNI.  Falk.