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Johann Julius Walbaum

Johann Julius Walbaum German physician, naturalist and taxonomist (1724-1799)

German physician, naturalist and taxonomist (1724-1799)
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Intro German physician, naturalist and taxonomist (1724-1799)
A.K.A. Walbaum
Countries Holy Roman Empire
Occupations Scientist Zoologist Physician Naturalist Physicist Ichthyologist
Type Biology Healthcare Science Social science
Gender male
Birth 30 June 1724 (Wolfenbüttel)
Death 21 August 1799 (Lübeck)
Star sign CancerCancer
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Biography

Johann Julius Walbaum (30 June 1724, Wolfenbüttel – 21 August 1799) was a physician, naturalist and fauna taxonomist.

Works

As an ichthyologist, he was the first to describe many previously unknown fish species from remote parts of the globe, such as the Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda), the Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) from the Kamchatka River in Siberia, and the curimatá-pacú (Prochilodus marggravii) from the São Francisco River in Brazil.

He was also the first to observe gloves as a preventative against infection in medical surgery. In 1758, the gloves he observed were made from the cecum of the sheep, rather than rubber, which had not yet been discovered.

Legacy

The Naturhistorische Museum in Lübeck, opened in 1893, was based on Walbaum’s extensive scientific collection, which was lost during the Second World War.

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