Theodor Marsson

Botanist, Deceased Person

1816 –


Who is Theodor Marsson?

Theodor Friedrich Marsson was a German pharmacist and botanist. Marsson was born in Wolgast, Prussian Pomerania, just a year after the Swedish Empire had de-occupied the city following the Thirty Years' War. He was father-in-law to physiologist Leonard Landois.

The son of a pharmacist, he studied chemistry under Justus von Liebig at the University of Giessen. After completing his studies he took charge of the pharmacy in his hometown of Wolgast. In 1840 he provided necessary information towards the publication of Wilhelm Ludwig Ewald Schmidt's Flora von Pommern und Rügen. In 1856 he was awarded an honorary PhD from the University of Greifswald. In 1869 he published a botanical study on Neuvorpommern and the islands of Usedom and Rügen titled Flora von Neuvorpommern und den Inseln Usedom und Rügen.

Around 1870 he sold the pharmacy in Wolgast and retired to private life in Greifswald, later relocating to Berlin. In retirement he turned to microscopical research, making contributions in the field of palaeontology. On the basis of fossils found in chalk deposits at Rügen he composed works on foraminifera, ostracods and cirripedes. In 1887 he published a highly regarded work titled Die Bryozoen der weissen Schreibkreide der Insel Rügen. Marsson's last scientific activity dealt with living organisms, involving microscopic research of diatoms.

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Nov 8, 1816
  • Germany

on July 23, 2013


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