Wilhelm Friedrich Georg Behn

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Wilhelm Friedrich Georg Behn (25 December 1808, Kiel – 14 May 1878, Dresden) was a German anatomist and zoologist. For eight years he was president of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

From 1828 he studied medicine at the Universities of Göttingen and Kiel, afterwards continuing his education in Paris (1834), where he made the acquaintanceship of famed scientists that included Dupuytren, Flourens, Poiseuille and Chevreul.[1] In 1837 he was named an associate professor of anatomy and physiology as well as director of the anatomical institute and the zoological museum at Kiel.[2]

In 1845–47 he participated in a circumnavigation of the globe aboard the Danish ship "Galathea". As a result of the expedition, he collected valuable natural history material for the zoological museum in Kiel.[3] After his return to Kiel, he was appointed a full professor of anatomy and zoology (1848).[2] In 1867 he resigned his professorship at Kiel as a protest against the annexation of Holstein by Prussia and the formation of the Prussian province of Schleswig-Holstein.[4] He then relocated to Dresden, where from 1870 until his death in 1878, he served as president of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.[5]

Associated works[edit]

  • "Leopoldina, amtliches Organ der Kaiserlichen Leopoldino-Carolinischen Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher. Herausgegeben" (1839 to 1923); (with Dietrich Georg Kieser, Carl Gustav Carus, Hermann Knoblauch, Karl von Fritsch).
  • "George Cuvier's Briefe an C. H. Pfaff aus den Jahren 1788 bis 1792, naturhistorischen, politischen und literarischen Inhalts". 1845 (editor) Georges Cuvier's correspondence with Christoph Heinrich Pfaff in the years 1788 to 1792; natural history, politics and literary content.
  • "Wilhelm Friedrich Georg Behn letters, to Dr. Didrichsen, Copenhagen, Denmark. 1855-1869", Correspondence with Ferdinand Didrichsen.
  • "Leben und Werk des Anatomen, Zoologen und Physiologen Wilhelm Friedrich Georg Behn (1808-1878)", by Ingeborg Irmler (1983).[6]


  1. ^ Rudolph G (1995). "Un médecin allemand à Paris: Wilhelm Behn (1808-1878). Rapport sur un journal inédit de 1834" [A German physician in Paris: Wilhelm Behn (1808-1878). A report on a previously unpublished diary from 1834] (PDF). Histoire Des Sciences Médicales (in French). 29 (1): 71–80. PMID 11640455. 
  2. ^ a b Biographies BIU Santé
  3. ^ Zoologisches Museum der CAU zu Kiel History
  4. ^ Statement based on translated text from an equivalent article at the German Wikipedia.
  5. ^ German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina Roster of members
  6. ^ WorldCat Search publications