Carl Ludwig Willdenow

Botanist, Deceased Person

1765 – 1812

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Who was Carl Ludwig Willdenow?

Carl Ludwig Willdenow was a German botanist, pharmacist, and plant taxonomist. He is considered one of the founders of phytogeography, the study of the geographic distribution of plants. Willdenow was also a mentor of Alexander von Humboldt one of the earliest and best known phytogeographers.

Willdenow was born in Berlin and studied medicine and botany at the University of Halle. He was a director of the Botanical garden of Berlin from 1801 until his death. There he studied many South American plants, brought back by the explorer Alexander von Humboldt. He was interested in the adaptation of plants to climate, showing that the same climate had plants having common characteristics. His herbarium, containing more than 20,000 species, is still preserved in the Botanical Garden in Berlin.

He is most famous for his synthesis of European plant geography, and his mountains origins theories.

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Born
Aug 22, 1765
Berlin
Also known as
  • 卡尔·路德维希·韦尔登诺
  • Карл Людвиг Вильденов
  • Вильденов, Карл Людвиг
Nationality
  • Germany
Profession
Education
  • Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg
Died
Jul 10, 1812
Berlin

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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