Jan Evangelista Purkyně

Scientist, Academic

1787 – 1869

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Who was Jan Evangelista Purkyně?

Jan Evangelista Purkyně was a Czech anatomist and physiologist. He was one of the best known scientists of his time. In 1839, he coined the term 'protoplasm' for the fluid substance of a cell. His son was the painter Karel Purkyně. Such was his fame that when people from outside Europe wrote letters to him, all that they needed to put as the address was "Purkyně, Europe".

He is buried in the Czech National Cemetery in Vyšehrad, Prague, Czech Republic.

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Born
Dec 17, 1787
Libochovice
Also known as
  • Jan Evangelista Purkyne
  • Jan Evangelista Purkinje
Ethnicity
  • Czechs
Nationality
  • Czech Republic
  • Austrian Empire
Profession
Education
  • Charles University in Prague
Died
Jul 28, 1869
Prague

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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