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Nyhet 2007-05-22

The Japanese Emperor and Empress visited the Academy

On 22 May the Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the Academy. It is the Emperor’s big interest in the Linnaeus Tercentenary and the Linnaean apostle and Academy member Carl Peter Thunberg that brought them to the Academy.

The Emperor Akihito is a trained marine biologist and has described Thunberg’s work in one of his articles in the scientific journal Science. Thunberg travelled in South Africa, Japan, Java and Sri Lanka, and published the first floras of the Cape Land and Japan.

Carl von Linnaeus was one of the six scientists and politicians that founded the Academy in 1739 with the aim to strengthen the Swedish economy by promoting everyday applications of scientific discoveries, e.g. in agriculture, ship building and mining. Today, the Academy’s aim is to promote the sciences and strengthen their influence in society.