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Date of Birth 20 May 1746.
Place of Birth Nordviks farmstead, Ångermanland,
Sweden.
Date of Death June 1773.
Place of Death Isles de Los, Guinea.
Monuments Medals Etc. Unknown.
Variations of Name's Spelling And. Berlin & And. H.
(= Henricsson) Berlin (in letters to Linnaeus), Anders
Berlin (in article of Erik Hamberg, SLÅ 1994-95).
Preserved signature In correspondence.
Portrait
Unknown.
Childhood, Adolescence & Education
  • Father, royal accountant Henrik Berlin.
  • Mother, Anna Catharina (maiden name, Hellström).
  • Studies, Härnösands gymnasium.
  • Student, Uppsala University, signed in 13 February 1765.
  • He defended a thesis for Linnaeus, “Usus muscorum” (use of mosses) 17 December 1766.
  • He continued his studies in Uppsala until 1770, often as a listener to Linnaeus’ lectures.
  • Berlin received the “Stiglerska stipendiet” 1770, which made it possible for him to travel to London.
Professional Life
  • Assistant to Joseph Banks in London, from October 1771 and employed for making clean copies of the plant descriptions etc. from James Cook’s first circumnavigation 1768-1771.
Journeys & Voyages
  • London 1770-1772, where he met with Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander.
  • From London to Banana Islands, West Africa in February 1773, he was employed as assistant by Henry Smeathman.
Travel Diaries & Other Publications in Connection with the Journeys & Voyages
  • Unknown.
Civil Status & Family Unmarried.
Preserved Collections & Manuscripts
  • “Description of two plants received from John Miller...” The Linnean Society of London.
  • Letters, The Linnean Society of London, Linnean Correspondence. (Six letters to Linnaeus, the last one dated 15 April 1773, from Sierra Leone).
Extra Notes
  • Daniel Solander gave a leguminous plant genus from Africa the name Berlinia, as a memory after Andreas Berlin.
  • Andreas Berlin’s short stay in Africa made his scientific achievements insignificant, for the reason of ill health and early death, most likely of tropical fever.
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