Nathanael Pringsheim

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Pringsheim, Nathanael


Born Nov. 30, 1823, in Wziesko; died Oct. 6, 1894, in Berlin. German botanist.

In 1851, Pringsheim became a privatdocent at the University of Berlin. He received a professorship at the University of Jena in 1864 and at the University of Berlin in 1868. Pringsheim’s principal works were on the developmental cycle and the sexual process in algae. He described the merging of algal spermatozoids and ova. He also discovered apospory in mosses. Pringsheim studied the structure of chloroplasts and the role of chlorophyll in plants.


Gesammelte Abhandlungen, vols. 1–4. Jena, 1895–96.


Cohn, F. “Nathanael Pringsheim.” Berichte der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft, 1895, vol. 13.
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