Carl Eduard Cramer

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Carl Eduard Cramer (4 March 1831 in Zürich – 24 November 1901 in Zürich) was a Swiss botanist.

He studied at the universities of Zürich and Freiburg, where he received his doctorate in 1855. As a young man his mentor was the famed botanist Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli (1817–1891). He became a lecturer (1857) and later a professor of botany (1861–1901) at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (Federal Polytechnic School) in Zurich. He also taught classes at the University of Zurich (1880–1883) and was director of its botanical garden from 1882 until 1893.[1][2]

Cramer's specialty dealt with the physiology, genealogy and growth of plant cells. He did extensive research in the fields of bacteriology, plant teratology and cryptogamic botany.[2] In his obituary, Carl Joseph Schröter referred to Cramer as the Altmeister botanischer Forschung ("Doyen of Botanical Research").[1]

He was the author of a number of botanical works, including Pflanzenphysiologische Untersuchungen (4 volumes 1855–58), which he co-wrote with Karl von Nägeli.


  1. ^ a b Karl Eduard Cramer (1831 bis 1901) ETH Bibliothek (biography)
  2. ^ a b Cramer, Carl Eduard In: Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB). Band 3, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1957, ISBN 3-428-00184-2, S. 391 f.
  3. ^ "Author Query for 'C.E.Cramer'". International Plant Names Index.