Johann Georgi, Polymath

English: Lake Baikal in Springtime (Listvyanka...

English: Lake Baikal in Springtime (Listvyanka) Deutsch: Baikalsee im Frühling (Listwjanka) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Johann Georgi

Johann Georgi

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.

He is also known for travels to Astrakhan, Central Asia, the Urals, and the Bashkirs.

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.

Pommerania

Pommerania

Omul fish, endemic to Lake Baikal (Russia). Sm...

Omul fish, endemic to Lake Baikal (Russia). Smoked and on sale at Listyanka market. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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