Karel Domin

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Karel Domin
Born4 May 1882
Died10 June 1953 (1953-06-11) (aged 71)
Resting placeVyšehrad cemetery
Scientific career
Author abbrev. (botany)Domin
Domin's grave, Vyšehrad cemetery

Karel Domin (4 May 1882, Kutná Hora, Kingdom of Bohemia – 10 June 1953, Prague) was a Czech botanist and politician.

After gymnasium school studies in Příbram, he studied botany at the Charles University in Prague, and graduated in 1906. Between 1911 and 1913 he published several important articles on Australian taxonomy.[1] In 1916 he was named as professor of botany. Domin specialised in phytogeography, geobotany and plant taxonomy. He became a member at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, published many scientific works and founded a botany institute at the university. The Domin scale, a commonly used means of classifying a standard area by the number of plant species found in that area, is named after him.

In the academic year 1933-34 he was rector of Charles University and was one of the participants of a struggle for ancient academic insignia between the Czech and German universities of Prague (the insigniáda) that resulted in street-fights and looting. From 1935 to 1939 he was a member of parliament; after the Munich Agreement, he co-founded a traditionalist political movement (Akce národní obrody).

He is considered the man who is the most responsible the creation of Tatra National Park.[2]


  1. ^ Orchard, A. E. (1999). "Domin, Karel (1882 - 1953)". Australian National Botanic Gardens Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research. Australian Government. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  2. ^ Karel Domin (1882 - 1953) Propagátor zákonné ochrany Tater, tj. národního parku
  3. ^ International Plant Names Index.  Domin.

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