On this day in 1804 at the botanist Stephen Endlicher was born in Pressburg, Hungry.
Endlicher devised a major system of plant classification. He explained it in his groundbreaking book Genera Plantarum.
Endlicher donated his herbarium of 30,000 specimens to the Vienna Museum of Natural History and in 1840 he was appointed Prof. of botany at the University of Vienna.
Sadly, Endlicher ran out of money after purchasing botanical collections and self-publishing his own work, in addition to the work of other botanists.
Endlicher died in 1849 at the age of 45; he committed suicide.