Erik Nissen Viborg

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Erik Nissen Viborg (born April 5, 1759 in North Schleswig's Bedsted (Tønder) , † September 25, 1822 in Copenhagen ) was a Danish veterinarian and botanist and head of the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural College in Copenhagen.


In 1797, Viborg became professor of botany and director of the botanical garden. In 1801 he switched to veterinary medicine and led the Danish veterinary school to an early bloom.

The Danish king was so enthusiastic about his monograph on sand plants that every Danish official building received a copy for public use. The genus Wiborgia within the butterfly family was named after him.

His scientific work in veterinary medicine was particularly devoted to pig keeping, breeding and diseases. In addition, he published some fundamental findings on snot and demonstrated in 1797 that it is a contagious disease.

In 1812 he became a corresponding member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences and in 1814 of the Académie des Sciences .


  • Description of the sand plants and their application to inhibit drifting sand on the coast of Jutland . Proft, 1789
  • Indledning til almindelig Naturkyndighed for Dyrlæger . (Handbuch der Naturlehre für Veterärzte), Brummer, 1802 (together with Peter Christian Abildgaard)
  • Instructions for raising and using the pig. 1806


Individual evidence

  1. Historical academy members: Erik Nissen Viborg. Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, accessed on March 12, 2020 .
  2. ^ List of former members since 1666: Letter V. Académie des sciences, accessed on March 12, 2020 (French).