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GASPARD BAUHIN or CASPAR BAUHIN (Latinised _Casparus Bauhinus_; 17 January 1560 – 5 December 1624), was a Swiss botanist whose _Phytopinax_ (1596) described thousands of plants and classified them in a manner that draws comparisons to the later binomial nomenclature of Linnaeus . He was a disciple of the famous Italian physician Girolamo Mercuriale and he also worked on human anatomical nomenclature. Linnaeus honored the Bauhin brothers Gaspard and Jean in the genus name _ Bauhinia _.


* 1 Biography * 2 Works * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links


_ Caspar Bauhin (1623), Pinax Theatri Botanici_, page 291. On this page, a number of _Tithymalus_ species (now _ Euphorbia _) is listed, described and provided with synonyms and references. Bauhin already used binomial names but did not consistently give all species throughout the work binomials.

Jean and Gaspard were the sons of Jean Bauhin (1511–1582), a French physician who had to leave his native country on becoming a convert to Protestantism. Gaspard was born at Basel
and studied medicine at Padua , Montpellier , and in Germany
. Returning to Basel
in 1580, he was admitted to the degree of doctor, and gave private lectures in botany and anatomy . In 1582 he was appointed to the Greek professorship in the University of Basel
, and in 1588 to the chair of anatomy and botany. He was later made city physician, professor of the practice of medicine, rector of the university, and dean of his faculty.

The _Pinax theatri botanici_ (English, _Illustrated exposition of plants_) is a landmark of botanical history , describing some 6,000 species and classifying them. The classification system was not particularly innovative, using traditional groups such as "trees", "shrubs", and "herbs", and using other characteristics such as utilization, for instance grouping spices into the _Aromata_. He did correctly group grasses , legumes , and several others. His most important contribution is in the description of genera and species. He introduced many names of genera that were later adopted by Linnaeus, and remain in use. For species he carefully pruned the descriptions down to as few words as possible; in many cases a single word sufficed as description, thus giving the appearance of a two-part name. However, the single-word description was still a description intended to be diagnostic, not an arbitrarily-chosen name (in the Linnaean system, many species names honor individuals, for instance).

In addition to _Pinax Theatri Botanici_, Gaspard planned another work, a _Theatrum Botanicum_, meant to be comprised in twelve parts folio, of which he finished three; only one, however, was published (1658), long after his death. He also gave a copious catalogue of the plants growing in the environs of Basel, its _flora _, and edited the works of Pietro Andrea Mattioli (1500–1577) with considerable additions. His principal work on anatomy was _Theatrum Anatomicum infinitis locis auctum_ (1592).


* _Phytopinax_, 1596 * _Prodromus theatri botanici_, 1620, the introduction to his projected _magnum opus_ * _Pinax theatri botanici_, 1623


* Herman Boerhaave
Herman Boerhaave
* Joseph Pitton de Tournefort

The standard author abbreviation C.BAUHIN is used to indicate this individual as the author when citing a botanical name .


* ^ IPNI . _ C.Bauhin_.

* Duane Isely, _One Hundred and One Botanists_ (Iowa State University Press, 1994), pp. 49–52 * _ This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain : Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bauhin, Gaspard". Encyclopædia Britannica _ (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.