Blasius Merrem

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Blasius Merrem
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Blasius Merrem (born February 4, 1761 in Bremen , † February 23, 1824 in Marburg ) was a German biologist .

The merchant's son Merrem initially devoted himself particularly to studying languages ​​(Arabic, Latin, Greek). After joining the University of Göttingen in 1778, he became a student of Johann Friedrich Blumenbach and began to be interested in zoology in general and ornithology and herpetology in particular. Most recently he taught as a professor at the Universities of Duisburg and finally Marburg . He was an assessor since 1782 and a corresponding member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences since 1785 . In 1820 he was elected a member of the Leopoldina .


  • De animalibus scythicis apud Plinium. Goettingae: Grape, 1781. doi: 10.5962 / bhl.title.44246
  • Mixed treatises from the history of animals . Göttingen: Boßiegel, 1781. doi: 10.5962 / bhl.title.49063
  • Attempt of a ground plan for the general history and natural division of the birds . Leipzig: Müller, 1788.
  • Contribution to natural history. Contribution to the history (sic!) Of the amphibians. First issue. Duisburg and Lemgo: Meyer 1790. doi: 10.5962 / bhl.title.4685 doi: 10.5962 / bhl.title.61811
  • Contribution to natural history. Additions to the history of the amphibians . Second booklet. Description of the amphibious collection of Doctor and Medicinalrath Janssen in Düsseldorf . First piece. Leipzig: Verlaghandlung der Schehrten, Leipzig, 1790; 2nd edition Essen: Baedeker 1829.
  • Handbook of botany based on the Linneischen system . Marburg: Neue Academische Buchhandlung, 1809.
  • Attempt of a system of amphibians (tentamen systematis amphibiorum) . Marburg: Krieger, 1820. doi: 10.5962 / bhl.title.5037
  • Contributions to natural history. Contributions to the history of the amphibians . Third booklet. I. Improvements and additions to the first two issues , pp. 1–62. II. Notes on the Amphibians of the Promontory of Good Hope and Descriptions of Some of them , pp. 63–141. Baedeker: Essen, 1821.


  • Josef F. Schmidtler: Blasius Merrems (1790) “Additions to the history of amphibians” - a new era in the methodology of the snake representation. In: Secretary. Contributions to the literature and history of herpetology and terrarium science , ISSN  1612-2399 , 6 (2006) 2, pp. 45–60 ( PDF ).
  • Hans Wilhelm Bohle: From natural history to zoology. Blasius Merrem and the Development of Zoology at the University of Marburg in the 19th Century (1807-1928) , Volume 12 of the Academia Marburgensis series. 302 pp. ISBN 978-3-8309-3215-4

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  1. Holger Krahnke: The members of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen 1751-2001 (= Treatises of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, Philological-Historical Class. Volume 3, Vol. 246 = Treatises of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, Mathematical-Physical Class. Episode 3, vol. 50). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2001, ISBN 3-525-82516-1 , p. 166.
  2. ^ New publications on two important personalities at Philipps University in the 19th and 20th centuries , accessed May 27, 2015