Wilhelm Henke (anatomist)

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Philipp Jakob Wilhelm von Henke

Philipp Jakob Wilhelm Henke , from 1894 by Henke , (born June 19, 1834 in Jena , † May 17, 1896 in Tübingen ) was a German anatomist and professor of anatomy at the University of Tübingen .


Henke was a son of the church historian Ernst Ludwig Theodor Henke . He studied at the universities of Marburg , Göttingen and Berlin and obtained his doctorate in Marburg in 1857.

He was initially an assistant to the ophthalmophysiologist Franciscus Cornelis Donders in Utrecht, then became an anatomical prosector in Marburg, where he qualified as a lecturer in 1858. From 1864 he was associate professor and director of anatomy in Rostock from 1865, in Prague from 1872 and in Tübingen from 1875 until the end of his life. He had to give up scientific research and teaching about a year before his death for health reasons.


In 1894 Wilhelm Henke was awarded the Cross of Honor of the Order of the Württemberg Crown , combined with the elevation to the personal nobility ( ennoblement ).


  • Manual of the anatomy and mechanics of the joints. Leipzig 1863.
  • Topographic human anatomy. Atlas and textbook, Berlin 1879 to 1883.
  • Michel Angelo's people compared with antiquity. Rostock 1871.
  • Childhood anatomy. in Gerhardt's handbook of teething problems.
  • Contributions to human anatomy in relation to movement.
  • Construction of the location of the heart in the corpse from a series of horizontal sections.
  • The group of the Laocoon.
  • The type of Germanic man in the German people.
  • Lectures on plastic, facial expressions and drama. 1892.


Individual evidence

  1. Court and State Manual of the Kingdom of Württemberg 1894, p. 32.