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Franz Meyen

Franz Meyen German botanist

German botanist
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Intro German botanist
A.K.A. Meyen, Franz Julius Ferdinand Meyen
Was Scientist Botanist Pteridologist Bryologist Physician Zoologist Lichenologist Professor Educator Physicist
From Germany
Type Academia Biology Healthcare Science
Gender male
Birth 28 June 1804, Sovetsk, Russia
Death 2 September 1840, Berlin, Margraviate of Brandenburg (aged 36 years)
Star sign CancerCancer
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Meyen in 1840
Plate to Ueber die neuesten Fortschritte der Anatomie und Physiologie der Gewächse (1834).

Franz Julius Ferdinand Meyen (28 June 1804 – 2 September 1840) was a Prussian physician and botanist.

Meyen was born in Tilsit, East Prussia. In 1830 he wrote Phytotomie, the first major study of plant anatomy. Between 1830 and 1832 he took part in an expedition to South America on board the Prinzess Luise, visiting Peru and Bolivia, describing species then new to science such as the Humboldt penguin.

From 1823 to 1826 he studied medicine at the University of Berlin, followed by service as a military surgeon at the Charité in Berlin. In 1834 he became an associate professor of botany in Berlin. With Heinrich Friedrich Link, he was co-editor of the journal "Jahresberichte über die Arbeiten für physiologische Botanik" (1837-1839).

The plant genus Meyenia commemorates his name.

He died in Berlin in 1840.

Selected works

  • 1828, Anatomisch-physiologische Untersuchungen über den Inhalt der Pflanzenzellen, Berlin: Hirschwald.
  • 1830, Phytotomie.
  • 1837, Ueber die Secretions-Organe der Pflanzen. Berlin: Morin [part of: Müller Library].
  • 1837, Neues System der Pflanzen-Physiologie: Erster Band. Berlin: Haude & Spener.
  • 1838, Jahresbericht über die Resultate der Arbeiten im Felde der physiologischen Botanik von dem Jahre 1837, Berlin: Nicolai'sche Buchhandlung
  • 1839, Jahresbericht über die Resultate der Arbeiten im Felde der physiologischen Botanik von dem Jahre 1838, Berlin: Nicolai'sche Buchhandlung.
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