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Last NameAcharius    
Given NameErik    
alt. NamesE A. ; botanical shortname: Ach ;    
Childrenpainter Adolph Acharius (c. 1790-18xx)    
Year born1757 in Gävle    
Year died1819    
Place of deathVadstena    
Father's occupation    
Educationat Uppsala University (matriculation 1773), one of the last of the students of Linnaeus; medical studies at Lund University (Ph.D. 1782)    
Country of ActivitySweden    
Worked forArchiv für die Botanik (1769-1805) ; Lichenographiae Suecia prodromus (1798), Methodus lichenum (1803), Lichenographia universalis (1810), Monog. Pyrenula (1812) ; J. P. Westring: Svenska lafvarnes färghist (1805-8) ; C. F. Thunberg: Flora Capensis (1807-20) ;    
PatronageRoyal Academy of Sciences in Stockholm; director of the Vadstena Hospital (which he had initiated) in 1795,    
Techniquesbotanical drawing and watercolours ; hand-colouring    
Sample(s)www.nrm.se/images/18.1416bda210eb7cf4e7880008479/methodus.jpg ;    
Archival sourcesBritish Museum ; www.nrm.se/frontpage/researchandcollections/botany/cryptogamicbotany/virtualexhibitions/erikacharius.310_en.html ;    
Published sourcesAKL 1 1992: 217 ; Nissen: Botan. Buchillustration 1966 ; Nordisk familjebok 1(1904): 96 ; Rutger Sernander in Svenskt biografiskt lexikon, vol. 1: 28-80 ; Dict Sci Biogr.1(1970): 45 ;    
otherMostly known as professional botanist and as the "father of lichenology".    

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