Adolph Wilhelm Otto
1786 – 1845
Who was Adolph Wilhelm Otto?
In 1808 he earned his medical doctorate at the University of Greifswald, and subsequently worked as a prosector and physician in Carl August Wilhelm Berends' clinic at the University of Frankfurt an der Oder. Later, he furthered his education on a scientific journey through Germany, the Netherlands and France, where he studied comparative anatomy with Georges Cuvier. In 1813 he became a professor of anatomy and director of the anatomical museum at the University of Breslau.
Otto specialized in the field of teratology, and performed extensive research involving the causes, development and classification of congenital malformations in plants and animals. In 1841 he published a popular atlas of teratology titled Monstrorum sexcentorum descriptio anatomica. He contributed articles to several journals and was a collaborator to Karl Gustav Carus' Erläuterungstafeln zur vergleichenden Anatomie. He also wrote Conspectus animalium quorundam maritimorum Inaug. Dissert,Vratislaviae.: 1-20 and many other scientific papers in which he described marine animals. He is honoured in the gastropod name Calliotropis ottoi.
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- Aug 3, 1786
- Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald
- Jan 14, 1845
on July 23, 2013
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