Ernst Hugo Heinrich Pfitzer

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Ernst Hugo Heinrich Pfitzer

Ernst Hugo Heinrich Pfitzer (26 March 1846 3 December 1906) was a German botanist who specialised in the taxonomy of the Orchidaceae (orchids).



Pfitzer was born in Königsberg. He studied chemistry and botany at Berlin and Königsberg, receiving his PhD in 1867. Afterwards he worked as assistant to Wilhelm Hofmeister in Heidelberg and under Johannes von Hanstein at the University of Bonn, where he obtained his habilitation in 1869. [1] From 1872 to 1906 he was a professor and director of the botanical garden at Heidelberg. [2]

In the first edition of Die Natürlichen Pflanzenfamilien , a work by Adolf Engler and Carl Prantl, he collaborated about orchids (published in 1889).

In addition to his work involving orchids, he conducted important research of diatoms, publishing the treatise "Untersuchungen über Bau und Entwicklung der Bacillariaceen (Diatomaceen)" (1871) as a result. [1]

Selected works

He died in Heidelberg, aged 60.

The standard author abbreviation Pfitzer is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name. [5]

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  1. 1 2 Pfitzer, Ernst Hugo Heinrich at Deutsche Biographie
  2. BHL Taxonomic literature : a selective guide to botanical publications
  3. Most widely held works about Ernst Hugo Heinrich Pfitzer OCLC WorldCat Identities
  4. HathiTrust Digital Library published works
  5. IPNI.  Pfitzer.