The great Polymath Johan Georgi was born in 1729 in Pommerania, then part of Sweden. Although of German heritage, he spent most of his life in Russia. He took his degree in Uppsala in Sweden. Studying Pharmacy, he worked with Botanist Carl Linnaeus. The Baltic has always been a tangled web of nationalities including Swedes, Russians, Estonians, Finns, Poles, Latvians, and Germans.
He is known for many geographic journeys, although his greatest discovery is the omul, a type of white salmon unique to Lake Baikal in Siberia. He was a distinguished member of the Russian academy of Sciences in 1770.
Although born in Pomerania, Johann Georgi studied at the University of Uppsala in Sweden, where he qualified as a doctor, studied with Carl Linnaeus, and worked as a pharmacist. Georgi came to Russia at the behest of the Imperial Academy of Sciences in 1770.
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