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Conrad Gessner

Conrad Gessner also known as Konrad Gesner, Conrad Geßner, Conrad von Gesner, Conradus Gesnerus, Conrad Gesner (26 March 1516 – 13 December 1565) was a Swiss naturalist and bibliographer. The Swiss scholar Conrad Gesner started to compile this extensive work on Bibliotheca universalis at the age of 25 that listed about ten thousand titles. Bibliotheca universalis was the first modern bibliography of importance; through it, Gesner became known as the "father of bibliography."