Maximilian Perty

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Josef Anton Maximilian Perty (17 September 1804, Ornbau – 8 August 1884, Bern) was a German naturalist and entomologist. He was a professor of zoology and comparative anatomy at the University of Bern.[1] His first name is sometimes spelled as "Joseph".

He studied natural sciences and medicine in Landshut, earning his medical doctorate in 1826. Afterwards, he obtained his PhD at Erlangen with a thesis on a previously unknown species of beetle,[1] and in 1831 became privat-docent of zoology and general natural history at the University of Munich. From 1833 to 1876, he was a professor at the University of Bern.[2][3]

He conducted investigative studies of arthropods collected by Johann Baptist von Spix and Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius from an expedition in Brazil.[1][3] In 1862, the botanical genus Pertya was named in his honor by Carl Heinrich Bipontinus Schultz.[2]


  • Observationes nonnulae in Coleoptera Indiae orientalis, München (1831).[1]
  • Delectus Animalium Articulatorum quae in itinere per Brasiliam Annis MDCCCXVII – MDCCCXX Iussu et Auspiciis Maximiliani Josephi I. Bavariae Regis Augustissimi, percato collegerunt Dr J. B. de Spix et Dr. C. F. Ph. de Martius. (1830-1834).
  • Die mystischen Erscheinungen in der menschlichen Natur. Leipzig, (2. Auflage 1872, 2 Bände) (1861).
  • Über das Seelenleben der Tiere (Leipzig und Heidelberg, 2. 1865: new edition 1876).
  • Die Natur im Licht philosophischer Anschauung (Leipzig und Heidelberg) (1869).
  • Erinnerungen aus dem Leben eines Natur- und Seelenforschers des 19. Jahrhunderts (Leipzig und Heidelberg) (1879).[3]


Perty's collections are divided between the University of Bern and the Zoologische Staatssammlung München


  1. ^ a b c d Deutsche Biographie biography
  2. ^ a b BHL Taxonomic literature : a selective guide to botanical publications
  3. ^ a b c ADB:Perty, Maximilian @ Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie
  4. ^ "Author Query for 'Perty'". International Plant Names Index.