The Correspondence of Constantine Rafinesque
American Philosophical Society
Constantine Samuel Rafinesque (1783 –1840) was a nineteenth-century polymath and writer born near Constantinople in the Ottoman Empire and self-educated in France. He traveled as a young man in the United States, ultimately settling and teaching at Transylvania University, where he made notable contributions to botany, zoology, and the study of prehistoric earthworks in North America. The American Philosophical Society published “The Life of C.S. Rafinesque, A Man of Uncommon Zeal.” Included with the book is a compact disk. with the Rafinesque correspondence.