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Johann Gottfried Zinn

Johann Gottfried Zinn botanist and physician

botanist and physician
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A.K.A. Zinn
Countries Germany
Occupations Botanist Physician Professor Educator
Gender male
Birth 4 December 1727 (Schwabach)
Death 6 April 1759 (Göttingen)
Star sign SagittariusSagittarius
Johann Gottfried Zinn
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Biography

Johann Gottfried Zinn () (December 6, 1727 – April 6, 1759) was a German anatomist and botanist and was a member of the Berlin Academy.

Biography

Johann Gottfried Zinn was born in Schwabach. Considering his short life span, Zinn made a great contribution to the study of anatomy. In his book Descriptio anatomica oculi humani, he provided the first detailed and comprehensive anatomy of the human eye.

In 1753 Johann Gottfried Zinn became director of the Botanic garden of the University of Göttingen, and in 1755, professor in the medical faculty.

In 1757 Zinn described the orchid genus Epipactis that belongs to the family Orchidaceae.

He died in Göttingen.

Eponyms

Botanist Carl Linnaeus designated a genus of flowers in the family Asteraceae native from Mexico as Zinnia in his honour.

He coined the anatomic terms:

  • Zonula ciliaris Zinnii, now called Zonule of Zinn
  • Anulus tendineus communis also known as Annulus of Zinn (or Circle of Zinn).

Works

  • A description of the flora around Göttingen 1753.
  • Descriptio anatomica oculi humani iconibus illustrata 1765.
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