Johann Christoph Andreas Mayer
Johann Christophe Andreas Mayer was a German anatomist born on December 8, 1747 and who died in November 1801 at the age of 54.. He worked in Berlin and later Frankfurt. In 1788, he was the first European to recognize that fingerprints were unique to each individual.
He was also known to have miscalled the hippocampus the hippopotamus, which was adopted for some years before being rectified.
- "Integrated Authority File". wikidata. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
- Mayer, Johann Christoph Andreas (1788). Anatomische Kupfertafeln nebst dazu gehörigen Erklärungen [Anatomical Illustrations (etchings) with Accompanying Explanations, volume 4]. Berlin, Prussia: Georg Jacob Decker und Sohn. p. 5. From page 5: "Zweite Figur. … Obwohl niemals bey zween Menschen die Lagen der Hautwärzgen übereinkommen, … " (Second figure. … Although the positions of the skin papillae never agree between two people, … ) Available on-line at: University of Heidelberg. See also: illustrations of friction ridges.
- Miller Grinstead, Charles; Paul Peterson, William; Laurie Snell, James (2010). Probability Tales. USA: American Mathematical Society. p. 192. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
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