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Friedrich von Wurmb

Friedrich von Wurmb

German botanist
Friedrich von Wurmb
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Intro German botanist
A.K.A. Wurmb, Christoph Carl Friedrich von Wurmb
Was Scientist Botanist
From Germany
Type Science
Gender male
Birth 1742, Thuringia, Germany
Death 1781, Jakarta, Indonesia (aged 39 years)
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Biography

Christoph Carl Friedrich von Wurmb (2 July 1742 – March 1781) was a German botanist. His official shorthand is „Wurmb“. He was a descendant of the noble family von Wurmb. At some point in time, his elder brother Ludwig and he himself fell in love with the same woman. After a long decision process, he decided to emigrate, and leave the woman to his brother. He joined the Dutch East India Company, and emigrated to Amsterdam, and later to Batavia, the modern-day Jakarta. His brother later married this woman, Christiane von Werthern. His sister's brother in law, Friedrich Schiller, wrote a short story about it, A magnanimous act (Eine Grossmütige Handlung).

In biology, he is known for his taxonomy of palm trees. and for his writing about a Bornean orangutan.

The genus Wurmbea in the family Colchicaceae is named after him.

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https://books.google.com/books?id=AusAAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA336-IA1
https://books.google.com/books?id=Td8xAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA245
https://www.ipni.org/ipni/advAuthorSearch.do?find_abbreviation=Wurmb
https://d-nb.info/gnd/101741579X
http://isni.org/isni/0000000396796500
https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n2018067196
http://data.bibliotheken.nl/id/thes/p07353966X
https://viaf.org/viaf/204765259
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/204765259
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