, one of several inventions by Hensen to collect plankton.
Christian Andreas Victor Hensen (February 10, 1835 – April 5, 1924) was a German zoologist ( planktology). He coined the term and laid the foundation for plankton biological oceanography.
Hensen was born in the town of
Schleswig. He studied medicine at the universities of Würzburg, Berlin (studying under Müller) and Kiel. In 1859, he received his doctorate in Kiel for a thesis on epilepsy and urinary secretions.
In 1867, he became a member of the
Prussian House of Representatives to push towards studies of the ocean. Upon his initiative, the Royal was founded. Prussian Commission for the Exploration of the Oceans
From 1871 to 1891, Hensen was professor of
physiology at Kiel. During his time, he was head of five marine biological expeditions to the Baltic and North Seas, as well as the Atlantic Ocean.
Hensen also worked in
embryology and anatomy. He discovered a structure in the ear, the Hensen duct (or Canal of Henson; also Hensen's cells, Hensen's stripe), and a structure essential for the development of birds, the Hensen's node.
RV VICTOR HENSEN is a research vessel named in his honor.
Zur Morphologie der Schnecke des Menschen und der Säugethiere (1863)
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