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Maria Sibylla Merian

1647 - 1717

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Maria Sibylla Merian was a naturalist and scientific illustrator. Merian published her first book of natural illustrations, titled Neues Blumenbuch, in 1675. In 1699, following eight years of painting and studying, the city of Amsterdam awarded Merian a grant to travel to South America with her daughter. This trip to South America is considered amongst one of the first purely scientific expeditions. After two years in South America, Maria contracted malaria and returned to Europe. In 105 she published her most famous work Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, which documented her careful observations on the metamorphosis of the butterfly. She is considered to be one of the most significant contributors to the field of entomology, and was considered a leading entomologist in her own lifetime.

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