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Jose Celestino Mutis

Jose Celestino Mutis (Cadiz, Spain, April 6, 1732—Bogota (now in Colombia), September 11, 1808) was a Spanish botanist and mathematician.

He was born in Cadiz and baptized with the name Jose Celestino Bruno Mutis y Bosio. He began his medical studies at the College of Surgery in Cadiz, where he also studied physics, chemistry and botany. He graduated in medicine from the University of Seville on May 2, 1755.

From his arrival in the Viceroyalty, Mutis concentrated on his botanical studies, beginning work on an herbal and investigating for cinchona, which was considered a panacea for the treatment of all kinds of diseases. He wrote El Arcano de la Quina.

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