Johann Gottfried Zinn
Johann Gottfried Zinn was born in Schwabach. Considering his short life span, Zinn made a great contribution to the study of anatomy. In his book Descriptio anatomica oculi humani, he provided the first detailed and comprehensive anatomy of the human eye.
In 1753 Johann Gottfried Zinn became director of the Botanic garden of the University of Göttingen, and in 1755, professor in the medical faculty.
He died in Göttingen.
He coined the anatomic terms:
- Zonula ciliaris Zinnii, now called Zonule of Zinn
- Anulus tendineus communis also known as Annulus of Zinn (or Circle of Zinn).
- A description of the flora around Göttingen 1753.
- Descriptio anatomica oculi humani iconibus illustrata 1765.