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Axel Theodor Goës

1835 - 1897

Axel Theodor Goës, “an eminent Swedish naturalist,” was born on July 3, 1835 in Östergötland, Sweden. Goës became a student at Uppsale University in 1854, and 10 years later passed the physician licensure examination. While yound Goës roamed through southern and central Sweden becoming familiar with the mollusks and botany in the streams and lakes. After leaving the university, Goës went on several expeditions studying the marine fauna around Norway and Sweden.

Between 1865 and 1870 Goës had an appointment as the military doctor on St. Barthélemy. While there he conducted extensive research on the natural history of the Caribbean. He sent his considerable marine collection to the Swedish Museum of Natural History and the Royal Swedish Academy of Scienceswhere it resides today. Among the material in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on flora, fish and natural history there is one volume of the original drawings for Goës’s 1894 publication of “A Synopsis of the Arctic and Scandinavian Recent Marine Foraminifera.” In 1882 the Svenska Vetenskapsakademien Akademiens Handlingar published his treatise, “On the reticularian rhizopoda of the Caribbean.

Dr. Goës was a member of the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography, as well as the Entomological Society of Stockholm. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Copenhagen in 1879 and he died on Stockholm on August 20, 1897.


Adapted From: the Svenskt biografiskt handlexikon article published in 1906 and from personal correspondence.








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