Robert Louis August Maximilian Gürke
He attended the Realschule in Görlitz, obtaining his Matura certificate in 1875, studied natural sciences in Berlin and later worked as a teacher in a military academy in Görlitz. In 1886, he became scientific assistant at the Botanical Garden in Berlin and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, obtaining his Ph.D. from the University of Göttingen in 1892 with a thesis on the plant family Malvaceae. He was named an associate curator in 1892, and a curator in 1893; and awarded the title of professor in 1904.
He was fellow of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and recipient of the Red Eagle order, 4-th class. given. From 1905 to 1910, He was the 1st President of the German Cactus Society.
- Plantae Europeae, with Karl Richter (1890–1903).
- Blühende Kakteen, with Karl Moritz Schumann (1900–1921).
- The chapters Hydrocharitaceae, Ebenaceae, Symplocaceae, Styracaceae and Boraginaceae in Engler and Prantl's Die Natürlichen Pflanzenfamilien 1887–1915.
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