Martin Martens

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Martin Martens (December 8, 1797 – February 8, 1863) was a Belgian botanist and chemist born in Maastricht, Netherlands.

He studied medicine in Liege, afterwards serving as a physician in Maastricht from 1823 to 1835. From 1835 to 1863 he was a professor of chemistry at the Catholic University of Louvain.[1]

With Henri Guillaume Galeotti (1814-1858), he was the binomial author of many botanical species.[2] In 1842, with Galeotti, he published an important treatise on ferns of Mexico titled Memoire sur les Fougères du Mexique, et considérations sur la géographie botanique de cette contrée.[3] With Galeotti, he was also co-author of works on the botanical families Gesneriaceae and Solanaceae.[4]

The mycological genera Martensiomyces and Martensella are named in his honor, the latter genus being circumscribed by Henri Eugène Lucien Gaëtan Coemans (1825–1871).[1]


  1. ^ a b Biodiversity Heritage Library Taxonomic literature : a selective guide to botanical publications
  2. ^ IPNI List of plants described and co-described by Martens
  3. ^ Google Books Mémoire Sur Les Fougères Du Mexique Et Considérations Sur la Géographie Botanique de Cette Contrée
  4. ^ Works by or about Martin Martens in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  5. ^ IPNI.  M.Martens.

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