Peter Ascanius

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Peter Ascanius
Born 1723
Died 1803
Citizenship Norwegian
Fields biologist
Academic advisors Linnaeus

Peter Ascanius (Aure, 1723–1803) was a Norwegian biologist and a student of Linnaeus. He taught zoology and mineralogy in Copenhagen from 1759 to 1771, and later worked as a supervisor at the mines in Kongsberg and elsewhere in Norway. Among his published works was the five-volume illustrated Icones rerum naturalium. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society, elected in 1755 as a Foreign Member.[1]

Ascanius first discovered the giant oarfish in 1772.[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Fellow details". Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Legendary Giant Oarfish that grows up to 50ft long and lives nearly a MILE undersea recorded in its natural environment for first time". Mail Online (Daily Mail). United Kingdom. June 8, 2013. Archived from the original on June 22, 2013. Retrieved June 22, 2013.