Johann Heinrich Linck

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Johann Heinrich Linck

Johann Heinrich Linck (the elder, 1674–1734)[1] was a German pharmacist and naturalist.[2] He was born in Leipzig and ran the family pharmacy known as "The Golden Lion".[3] He wrote a treatise on sea stars, De stellis marinis liber singularis (1733). The genus Linckia of sea stars is named after him.

Illustration from critique of De stellis marinis liber singularis published in Acta Eruditorum, 1733

Linck's son was also named Johann Heinrich Linck (the younger, 1734–1807).


  1. ^ Some authors, e.g. Weeks, give his dates as 1675–1735.
  2. ^ J. Z. Fullmer (1964). "Humphry Davy and the gunpowder manufactory". Annals of Science. 20 (3): 165–194. doi:10.1080/00033796400203054. 
  3. ^ Mary Elvira Weeks (1934). Discovery of the Elements. Easton, Pennsylvania: Chemical Education Publishing Company.