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0SBECK, Peter, Swedish explorer, born in Gottenburg, Sweden, 9 May, 1723; died in Hasloef, 23 December, 1805. He was a pupil of Linnaeus, and, becoming chaplain of a vessel of the Indian company, visited several of the West Indies, South America, and China in 1748-'52, and was appointed ecclesiastical bailiff of Hasloef in 1760. He published " Dagbok of rain Indisk Resa" (Stockholm, 1757), which contains interesting observations of the countries visited by the author, and is terminated by an accurate description of the island of Fernando de Noronha. Linnaeus gave the name of Osbeckia to a tree of the family of the Melastomaceae.
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