Dr. Alexander Garden, a Linnaean in Colonial America, and the Saga of Five “Electric Eels”

  title={Dr. Alexander Garden, a Linnaean in Colonial America, and the Saga of Five “Electric Eels”},
  author={Stanley Finger},
  journal={Perspectives in Biology and Medicine},
  pages={388 - 406}
  • S. Finger
  • Published 14 July 2010
  • History
  • Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Alexander Garden (1730–1791) was born in Scotland, where he trained in medicine before settling in South Carolina in 1752. With a passion for collecting and a love of nature, he sent specimens to Linnaeus and his associates in Europe. In 1774, Garden observed and conducted electrical experiments on some “eels” that had survived the trip from Surinam to Charleston. His detailed observations and reasons for believing they emit electricity were read before the Royal Society of London and… 

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