Edvard August Vainio (1853–1929) was a Finnish lichenologist. His
early works on the lichens of Lapland, his three-volume monograph on the
lichen genus Cladonia, and, in particular, his study of the
classification and form and structure of lichens in Brazil made Vainio
renowned internationally. Vainio's earliest works dealt with
phytogeography—elucidating and enumerating flora and its
distribution—in the Finnish language. In these publications he
demonstrated an attention to detail and thoroughness that became
characteristic of his later work. Vainio described about 1700 new taxa,
and published more than 100 scientific works. He made significant
scientific collections of lichens, and while a herbarium curator at the
University of Helsinki and the University of Turku he catalogued and
processed other collections from all over the world. He has been called
the Father of Brazilian Lichenology and the Grand Old Man of
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Southern Cross Expedition (dogsled team pictured), the
first British venture of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration,
Palestine riots: Arabs began attacking Jews in Hebron, killing
more than sixty people in two days.
King Michael dismissed the pro-Axis government of General Ion
Antonescu, placing Romania on the side of the Allies for the remainder
of World War II.
A 5.8 MW earthquake struck the Piedmont region of Virginia,
and was felt by more people than any other quake in U.S. history.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (transitive, also figuratively) To draw or paint; to delineate.
2. (transitive, obsolete) To illuminate, as a manuscript; to decorate
with gold or some other bright colour.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
It would be well if, in studying the past, we could always bear
in mind the problems of the present, and go to that past to seek large
views of what is of lasting importance to the human race.
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