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Willem Piso

Dutch physician and naturalist (1611-1678)

1611   -   1678

country of citizenship: Netherlands
languages spoken, written or signed: Latin
educated at: Leiden University
occupation: physician, botanist, biologist, ornithologist, naturalist

Willem Piso (in Dutch Willem Pies, in Latin Gulielmus Piso, also called Guilherme Piso in Portuguese) (1611 in Leiden – 28 November 1678 in Amsterdam) was a Dutch physician and naturalist who participated as an expedition doctor in Dutch Brazil from 1637 – 1644, sponsored by count Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen and the Dutch West India Company. Piso became one of the founders of tropical medicine.
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