Heinrich Rudolf Schinz

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Heinrich Rudolf Schinz
Heinrich Rudolf Schinz.jpg
Born30 March 1777
Died8 March 1861(1861-03-08) (aged 83)
Zürich, Switzerland
Alma materUniversity of Würzburg and University of Jena
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Zurich

Heinrich Rudolf Schinz (March 30, 1777 – March 8, 1861) was a Swiss physician and naturalist.


Schinz was born in Zürich and studied medicine at the universities of Würzburg and Jena. In 1798 he received his doctorate and subsequently returned to his hometown of Zürich as a medical practitioner. In 1804 he became a teacher of physiology and natural history at the medical-surgical institute in Zürich, and from 1833 to 1855 he served as an associate professor of zoology at the university of Zurich.[1][2]


He was also curator at the natural history society of Zurich, and was the author of many important zoological works; such as:

  • Das Thierreich eingetheilt nach dem Bau der Thiere als Grundlage (1821–25), translation of Georges Cuvier's Le Règne Animal, with numerous additions.
  • Naturgeschichte und Abbildungen der Reptilien (1833–34); Karl Joseph Brodtmann lithographed the plates.
  • Europäsche Fauna (1840).



  1. ^ ADB:Schinz, Rudolf In: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB). Band 31, Duncker & Humblot, Leipzig 1890, S. 303–305.
  2. ^ Schinz, Heinrich Rudolf Historischen Lexikon der Schweiz


  • Mearns and Mearns - Biographies for Birdwatchers ISBN 0-12-487422-3