Ten fun facts about William John Swainson
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There are 9 different birds named after Swainson, including Swainson's Sparrow and Swainson's Toucan.
Swainsona, a type of flower, is not named after him, though it is commonly mistaken that it is. It is named after his cousin.
When he was younger, he was somewhat deprived of a full education because he had a speech impediment.
After spending time in Brazil, he returned to the United Kingdom in 1818 with thousands of insects, plants, drawings of fish and bird skins.Fact 5
Swainson was the first to use lithography, in his published piece "Zoological Illustrations".Fact 6
Although Swainson is responsible for many of the scientific and common names of species, he is known mostly for his illustrations.Fact 7
He was a member of the Royal Society and also an honorary member of the Royal Society of Tasmania.Fact 8
He was invited to study trees in Sydney and claimed over 1,500 species, but his report was mostly rejected by other botanists.Fact 9
A New Zealand poet wrote a poem in his memory two years after his death.Fact 10
His father was a member of the Linnean Society and he Swainson followed after his steps in 1815. Go to more people facts ❯
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