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Ludwig Jost

Ludwig Jost

German botanist
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German botanist
A.K.A. Jost
Countries Germany
Occupations Botanist University teacher
Gender male
Birth 13 November 1865 (Karlsruhe)
Death 22 February 1947 (Heidelberg)
Star sign Scorpio
Education University of Strasbourg, University of Strasbourg
The details

Ludwig Jost ForMemRS (born November 13, 1865 in Karlsruhe – February 22, 1947 in Heidelberg) was a German botanist, and university professor.

Life and work

After attending the gymnasium in Karlsruhe, Jost studied natural sciences at the University of Heidelberg, then from 1885, was a student at Kaiser Wilhelm University in Strasbourg. In 1887 he obtained his PhD as a student of Anton de Bary, and later on, worked as an assistant to Karl von Goebel at the University of Marburg. Afterwards, he returned to Strasbourg, where in 1891, he received his habilitation under the sponsorship of Hermann zu Solms-Laubach. In 1894 he became an associate professor, and from 1919 to 1934, he held the chair of botany at the University of Heidelberg.

He earlier research largely dealt with morphological and histological issues — later on, his main field of study involved the physiology of plants; working with subjects such as: growth rhythm, nyctinasty, geotropism, leaf positioning, electrical potential differences on cell walls, et al.


  • Baum und Wald (Tree and forest); J. Springer, Berlin 1936, 2nd, revised edition by Fritz Overbeck. Springer, Berlin / New York / Paris 1952.
  • Die Entstehung der großen Entdeckungen in der Botanik (The emergence of the great discoveries in botany). Speech at the inauguration ceremony on the 18th kingdom January, 1930. Carl Winter, Heidelberg, 1930 (University of Heidelberg speeches; 9).
  • Zum hundertsten Geburtstag Anton de Barys. Lebenswerk eines Botanikers des 19. Jahrhunderts (Anton de Bary's centenary year. Life's work of a botanist of the 19th Century). G. Fischer, Jena, 1930.
  • with Gerta von Ubisch: Zur Windefrage (The wind question). W. de Gruyter & Co., Berlin, 1926.
  • Führer durch den Botanischen Garten in Heidelberg (Guide to the botanical garden in Heidelberg). Heidelberg 1922 [description of the contemporary state of the garden on the campus]
  • Der Kampf ums Dasein im Pflanzenreich (The struggle for existence in the plant kingdom). Heitz, Strasbourg 1916 (Strasbourg, Rector's speech of 1 May 1916).
  • Vorlesungen über Pflanzenphysiologie (Lectures on plant physiology). Fischer, Jena, 1913.
  • He also edited the section on physiology in seven editions (ed.10, 1910 – ed.16, 1923) of Eduard Strasburger's Lehrbuch der Botanik für Hochschulen.
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