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Beata was almost as unlikely as it is impressive. After graduating from the University of Copenhagen in 1760 with a medical degree, and touring Europe and studying with botanist Christen Friis Rottboll (1727-1797), Theodor Holm spent only three years as a professor of natural history at the Academy of Soro. In 1765, at age 34, he left the academy with a pension, and spent the next two years resting in the countryside near the Danish seaport of Aarhus, indulging his interest in botany by observing and writing about the fungi he found there. He also commissioned artist Johan Neander to make detailed, life-size drawings of the specimens Holm collected and described (Lind 1913). It seems this brief period formed the basis of his research for Beata, because in 1767 he was appointed one of the general directors of the Danish postal service, and he spent the rest of his life serving his queen and king in several capacities.


Clavaria mitrata [Microglossum viride (Schrad.) Gillet].
Beata Ruris Otia Fungis Danicis Impensa, Theodor Holmskjold,
Volume I, Clavaria plate VIII, 1790.

 

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