Emanuel Mendez da Costa

Botanist, Author

1717 – 1791

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Who was Emanuel Mendez da Costa?

Emanuel Mendez da Costa was an English botanist, naturalist, philosopher, and collector of valuable notes and of manuscripts, and of anecdotes of the literati.

He was one of the first Jewish Fellows of the Royal Society of London, and became its librarian. He was also a fellow of the Antiquarian Society of London; a member of the Botanic Society in Florence, the Aurelian Society, and the Gentleman's Society at Spalding.

His publications included A Natural History of Fossils 1757; Elements of Conchology, or An Introduction to the Knowledge of Shells 1776; British Conchology 1778; several important papers in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society; and other scientific publications.

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Born
Jun 5, 1717
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Died
May 31, 1791

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on July 23, 2013

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