Carl Ludwig (in Russia, Lev Fedorovich) Goldbach (1793-1824) was a favourite
pupil of G.F. Hoffmann. Goldbach moved to Russia from Germany, together
with his father who became Professor of Astronomy in Moscow University
(Lipschitz 1940a) in 1804.
Goldbach was an outstanding plant taxonomist. He was, however, a very
modest person and published only a few articles (besides, he died very
young). Nevertheless, Goldbach collected plants himself and accumulated
an extensive herbarium. After the Moscow fire in 1812, Goldbach purchased
a number of the surviving sheets, including more or less scorched specimens
from D. Gruneberg and perhaps others from other sources.
Goldbach's herbarium, about 10,000 specimens, was bought after his death
by the sons of the merchant S. Alexeev and presented to the Herbarium
of the Moscow Society of Naturalists (Shevyrev 1855), which was later
merged with the herbarium of Moscow University (Smirnov 1940). Many interesting
and important specimens have been extracted from Goldbach's collection
during the 20th century. The rest of it, which contains numerous poorly
labelled specimens, is preserved in separate boxes.
Goldbach was commemorated by De Candolle in the genus Goldbachia