- For the mathematician, Robert Remak (mathematician)
|Born||26 July 1815 = Posen|
|Died||29 August 1865
|Alma mater||University of Berlin|
|Doctoral advisor||Ferdinand Georg Frobenius
Hermann Amandus Schwarz
|Known for||Ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm|
Robert Remak (26 July 1815 – 29 August 1865) was a Polish/German embryologist, physiologist, and neurologist, born in Posen, Prussia. Dr. Remak obtained his medical degree from Friedrich Wilhelm University in Berlin in 1838 specializing in neurology. He is best known for reducing Karl Ernst von Baer's four germ layers to three: the ectoderm, mesoderm, and endoderm. He also discovered unmyelinated nerve fibres and the nerve cells in the heart sometimes called Remak's ganglia. He studied under Johannes Muller at the University of Berlin.
Despite his accomplishments, because of his Jewish faith, he was repeatedly denied full professor status until late in life, and even then was denied the usual benefits of the position. Rudolf Virchow, one of the founders of modern cell theory, plagiarized the notion that all cells come from pre-existing cells from Remak.
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- Anderson, C T (1986), "Robert Remak and the multinucleated cell: eliminating a barrier to the acceptance of cell division.", Bulletin of the history of medicine 60 (4): 523–43, PMID 3545332
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- Schwann, J; Schwann, S (1963), "Circimstances of the Discovery of the Pathogen of Favus (Trichophyton Schoenleini, Achorion Schoenleini) by Robert Remark", Annales Academiae Medicae Stetinensis 9: 161–7, PMID 14059131
- Scientific biography
- Short biography and bibliography in the Virtual Laboratory of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
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