Ten fun facts about John Ray
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A text publication society called the Ray Society was named after him.
Although he has more than 170 pieces published, most of them are rare and only in libraries in England.
In his piece the "History of Plants", he was the first person to introduce the definition of the word species.
He lived in poor health until the age of 67. He suffered chronic sores.Fact 5
Ray became a member of the Royal Society in 1667.Fact 6
He explained how an ash tree founded its age, using the tree-rings in his early description of dendrochronology.Fact 7
In the 1650's he became a lecturer in Greek, math and humanity.Fact 8
At the young age of 16, he was sent to Cambridge University.Fact 9
He published three pieces on religion, describing the lives of species and how nature worked.Fact 10
In the Braintree Museum, a "John Ray" gallery was opened to celebrate the 300th anniversary in 1986 to his piece "Historia Plantarum". Go to more people facts ❯
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