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Heinrich Schenck

Heinrich Schenck

German botanist
Heinrich Schenck
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Intro German botanist
A.K.A. Schenck
Was Scientist Botanist Professor Educator
From Germany
Type Academia Science
Gender male
Birth 31 January 1860, Siegen, Germany
Death 25 June 1927, Darmstadt, Germany (aged 67 years)
Star sign AquariusAquarius
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Johann Heinrich Rudolf Schenck (31 January 1860 – 25 June 1927) was a German botanist who was a native of Siegen. He was a brother to geographer Adolf Schenck (1857–1936).

Heinrich Schenck initially studied natural sciences at the University of Bonn (1879–80), then continued his studies in Berlin under August Wilhelm Eichler (1839–1887) and Simon Schwendener (1829–1919). Later he returned to Bonn as a student of Eduard Strasburger (1844–1912), receiving his doctorate in 1884. In 1889 he became a lecturer in Bonn, and in 1896 relocated to the Polytechnic Institute of Darmstadt, where he was appointed director of the botanical garden.

Schenck undertook important research involving adaptation of water plants to their underwater environment. He also conducted studies on the ecology, morphology and histology of lianas. In 1886-87 he accompanied Andreas Franz Wilhelm Schimper (1856–1901) on a scientific expedition to Brazil, and in 1908 performed botanical investigations in Mexico.

With George Karsten (1863–1937), he was co-author of the botanical journal Vegetationsbilder. In addition, he published information on botanical collections taken from the German Antarctic Expedition of 1901–1903.

Selected writings

  • Tropische Nutzpflanzen, 1903 — Tropical crops
  • Mittelmeerbäume, 1905 — Mediterranean trees
  • Alpine Vegetation, 1908 — Alpine vegetation
  • Süd-Kamtschatka, 1932 with Eric Hultén and George Karsten — Southern Kamchatka.

He also made important contributions to Eduard Strasburger's Lehrbuch der Botanik für Hochschulen.

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