Heinrich Wawra von Fernsee

Botanist, Deceased Person

1831 – 1881

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Who was Heinrich Wawra von Fernsee?

Heinrich Wawra Ritter von Fernsee, born Jindřich Blažej Vávra, was a Czech-Austrian ship surgeon, botanist and explorer.

The youngest of five sons of a miller, he studied medicine and botany at the University of Vienna from 1849 to 1855. Upon graduating he joined the Austro-Hungarian Imperial Navy on December 6, 1855. The commander of the fleet at this time was the Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian. Wawra von Fernsee retired from the navy in 1878 to work on his extensive collections.

The plant genus Fernseea was named after him.

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Born
Feb 2, 1831
Brno
Nationality
  • Austria
Profession
Died
May 24, 1881
Baden bei Wien

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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