Carl Reinhold Sahlberg
Scientist, Deceased Person
1779 – 1860
Who was Carl Reinhold Sahlberg?
In 1818 Carl Reinhold Sahlberg succeeded Carl Niclas Hellenius as professor of economy and natural history at Finland’s then only University in Turku, the Academy of Åbo. In 1827 the town and the university were destroyed by fire. The remnants of the natural history collections were taken to Helsingfors where the University then moved under the name of Imperial University Alexander of Helsingfors. Sahlberg replaced the lost collections, played a major role in establishing a new botanical garden in Helsingfors, and with his pupils organised a scientific society "Societas pro fauna et flora fennica". Its only scope was natural history. The society widened to include other sectors of biology only in 1921 .
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