Carl Bernhard von Trinius


1778 – 1844


Who was Carl Bernhard von Trinius?

Carl Bernhard von Trinius was a German-born botanist and physician.

He studied medicine at several universities, earning his medical doctorate at the University of Göttingen in 1802. In 1808, after time spent as a physician in Hasenpoth, he served as a personal physician to Antoinette, Duchess of Württemberg for the next 16 years. During this time period, he traveled extensively throughout Germany and Russia. In St. Petersburg, he became good friends to author Ernst Moritz Arndt. After the death of the duchess in 1824, he remained in St. Petersburg as an imperial physician, and along with a medical practice, he dealt with botanical concerns at the Academy of Sciences.

From 1829 to 1833, he taught classes in natural sciences to the future Russian monarch, Czar Alexander II. In 1836-1838, he took an extended scientific journey to Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Vienna, Munich and Dresden, a trip in which he studied various botanical collections.

As a physician, he is known for his homeopathic approach to medicine. As a botanist, Trinius was a specialist in grasses and described many species in his career, including Agrostis pallens, Cenchrus agrimonioides and Festuca subulata.

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Mar 7, 1778
Also known as
  • Карл Бернгард Триниус
  • Триниус, Карл Бернгард
  • University of Göttingen
Mar 12, 1844
Saint Petersburg

on July 23, 2013


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