Willem Piso

Dutch physician and naturalist

1611   -   1678

country of citizenship: Netherlands
language of expression: Latin
educated at: Leiden University
occupation: physician, botanist, biologist, ornithologist, naturalist

Willem Piso (in Dutch Willem Pies, in Latin Guilielmus Piso, also called Guilherme Piso in Portuguese) (1611 in Leiden – November 28, 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. A minor planet, 11240 Piso, and the plant genus Pisonia are named for him.
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Historia Naturalis Brasiliae

The first scientific book about Brazil, written by Dutch naturalist Willem Piso and published in 1648.

author: Willem Piso, Georg Marcgrave


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