Hans Winkler

Botanist, Deceased Person

1877 – 1945

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Who was Hans Winkler?

Professor Hans Karl Albert Winkler was a German botanist. He was Professor of Botany at the University of Hamburg, and a director of that university's Institute of Botany. Winkler coined the term 'heteroploidy' in 1916. He is remembered for coining the term 'genome' in 1920, by making a portmanteau of the words gene and chromosome. He wrote:

Ich schlage vor, für den haploiden Chromosomensatz, der im Verein mit dem zugehörigen Protoplasma die materielle Grundlage der systematischen Einheit darstellt den Ausdruck: das Genom zu verwenden ...

This may be translated as: "I propose the expression Genom for the haploid chromosome set, which, together with the pertinent protoplasm, specifies the material foundations of the species ..."

Winkler also worked at the University of Naples, in Italy, where he researched the physiology of the alga Bryopsis.

He joined the NSDAP in 1937.

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Born
Apr 23, 1877
Oschatz
Also known as
  • Винклер, Ганс
Nationality
  • Germany
Profession
Died
Nov 22, 1945
Dresden

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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