- For his son, also a botanist, see Frits Warmolt Went.
Went was born in Amsterdam. He was professor of botany and director of the Botanical Garden at the University of Utrecht. His eldest son was the Dutch botanist Frits Warmolt Went, who in 1927 as a graduate student worked on plant hormones, specifically the role of auxin in phototropism.
Frits Went died, aged 72, in Wassenaar.
- Briggs, G. E. (1936). "Friedrich August Ferdinand Christian Went. 1863-1935". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society. 2 (5): 160. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1936.0013. JSTOR 769136.
- "Friedrich August Ferdinand Christian Went (1863 - 1935)". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
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