Einar Lönnberg

Scientist, Author

1865 – 1942


Who was Einar Lönnberg?

Axel Johann Einar Lönnberg was a Swedish zoologist and conservationist. Lönnberg was born in Stockholm. He was head of the Vertebrate Department of the Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet from 1904 to 1933.

In 1891 he obtained his PhD from the University of Uppsala, spending the next twelve years as an inspector in the fisheries service. During this time-frame he made scientific trips to Florida and the Caspian Sea. In 1904 he was appointed head of the department of vertebrates at the Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet in Stockholm. In 1910-11 he participated in an expedition to East Africa. From 1925 to 1942 he served as prefect of the Kristineberg Marina Forskningsstation.

In regards to his zoological research, his primary focus dealt with mammals, birds and fish, but he also made significant contributions in his studies of reptiles and amphibians. He was the binomial authority of numerous taxa, and has several species named after him, such as Onykia loennbergii. The Belgian-British zoologist George Albert Boulenger named a small, secretive, venomous, endemic New Guinea elapid snake Apisthocalamus loennbergii in his honour, although this species is now synonymised with Toxicocalamus loriae. In his obituary in the ornithological journal- "Ibis" it was written: "that since the days of Linnaeus hardly anyone has known so much about so many branches of zoology as Lönnberg".

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Dec 24, 1865
Also known as
  • Einar Lonnberg
  • Axel Johann Einar Lönnberg
  • Sweden
Nov 21, 1942

on July 23, 2013


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