Heinrich Göppert

Botanist, Deceased Person

1800 – 1884

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Who was Heinrich Göppert?

Johann Heinrich Robert Göppert was a German botanist and paleontologist.

He was born in Sprottau, Lower Silesia, and died at Breslau. In 1831 he became a professor of botany, as well as curator of the botanical gardens in Breslau. In 1852 he became director of the botanical gardens.

He is particularly known for his work in paleobotany, being the author of many articles in this field. Göppert performed extensive research on the formation of coal and amber, and also conducted comparison studies between existing and fossil flora. In 1840, he demonstrated existence of plant cells in microscopic preparations of hard coal, which concluded a long-lasting debate on the origin of coal.

He was the father of a notable lawyer, Heinrich Robert Göppert, and great-grandfather of Maria Goeppert-Mayer.

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Born
Jul 25, 1800
Germany
Nationality
  • Germany
Profession
Died
May 18, 1884
Wrocław

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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