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Konrad Gessner (Conrad Gessner, Conrad Geßner, Conrad von Gesner, Conradus Gesnerus, Conrad Gesner; 26 March 1516 – 13 December 1565) was a Swiss naturalist and bibliographer. His five-volume Historiae animalium (1551-1558) is considered the beginning of modern zoology, and the flowering plant genus Gesneria (Gesneriaceae) is named after him. This botanist is denoted by the author abbreviation Gesner when citing a botanical name.


thumb|upright|Title page from The new Iewell of Health, 1576

  • 1537 Greek-Latin Dictionary
  • 1541 Enchiridion historiae plantarum
  • 1542 Catalogus plantarum (1542)
  • 1545 Bibliotheca universalis (ed. J. Simler 1574)
  • 1545 Libellus de lacte et operibus lactariis
  • 1548 Pandectarum sive partitionum universalium libri xxi
  • 1551–1558 Historiae animalium
    1. 1551 Quadrupedes vivipares
    2. 1554 Quadrupedes ovipares
    3. 1555 Avium natura
    4. 1558 Piscium & aquatilium animantium natura
  • 1552 Thesaurus Euonymi Philiatri
  • 1553 Corpus Venetum de Balneis
  • 1555 Mithridates de differentis linguis
  • Historia Plantarum (ed. 1750 )

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