Carl Adolph Agardh

Carl Adolph Agardh

Carl Adolph Agardh (23 January 1785 in Båstad, Sweden – 28 January 1859 in Karlstad) was a Swedish botanist specializing in algae, who was eventually appointed bishop of Karlstad.


In 1807 he was appointed teacher of mathematics at Lund University, in 1812 appointed professor of botany and natural sciences,[1] and was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1817, and of the Swedish Academy in 1831.

He was ordained a clergyman in 1816, received two parishes as prebend, and was a representative in the clerical chamber of the Swedish Parliament on several occasions from 1817. He was rector magnificus of Lund University 1819-1820 and was appointed bishop of Karlstad in 1835, where he remained until his death.[2] He was the father of Jacob Georg Agardh, also a botanist.[1]


He devoted considerable attention to political economy and as "a leading liberal", he "succeeded in improving and raising the standards of education in Sweden".[3] He also wrote on theological and other subjects, but his reputation chiefly rests on his botanical works, especially Systema algarum, Species algarum rite cognitae and Classes plantarum[4] on biological classification, and Icones Algarum (1824, 1820–28, and 1828–35). The greatest part of his Manual of Botany (2 vols., Malmoe, 1829–32) has been translated into German.[1]

Selected publications


  1. 1 2 3  Ripley, George; Dana, Charles A., eds. (1879). "Agardh, Karl Adolf". The American Cyclopædia.
  2. Eriksson, Gunnar (1970). "Agardh, Carl Adolph". Dictionary of Scientific Biography. 1. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. pp. 69–70. ISBN 0-684-10114-9.
  3.  Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "Karl Adolph Agardh". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead. External link in |= (help)
  4. Agardh 1825.
  5. IPNI.  C.Agardh.
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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Claes Fleming
Swedish Academy,
Seat No 4

Succeeded by
Fredrik Ferdinand Carlson
Religious titles
Preceded by
Johan Jacob Hedrén
Bishop of Karlstad
Succeeded by
Johan Anton Millén
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