Ten fun facts about Ernst Haeckel


Fact 1
Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel was born on February 16, 1834 in Potsdam Prussia.

Fact 2
He graduated from the Domgymnasium at Merseburg in 1852.

Fact 3
Haeckel was granted a doctorate in medicine at Berlin in 1857. He abandoned his career as a physician and pursued an education and career in the field of zoology in 1859.


Fact 4
In 1862 he became a professor of comparative anatomy and focused his work in various invertebrates such as sponges, annelids and radiolarians. He trained under Carl Gegenbauer in Jena for three years.

Fact 5
During the years 1866 to 1867 Haeckel met Charles Darwin when he made an extended journey to the Canary Islands.

Fact 6
Haeckel was one of the first to consider psychology as a branch of physiology. He also proposed many terms including “phylum” “Anthropogeny” “phylogency and “ecology.

Fact 7
He concluded his series of long zoological monographs in 1887 – 1889 with a treatment of the deep-sea keratosa, radiolarians and siphonophores gathered on the Challenger expedition.

Fact 8
Haeckel was the recipient of many scientific honors.

Fact 9
He was awarded the title of Excellency by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1907 and the Linnean Society of London’s prestigious Darwin-Wallace Medal in 1908.

Fact 10
Ernst Haeckel retired from teaching in 1909 and in 1910 withdrew from the Evangelical church. He died on August 9, 1919.


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Was a philosopher, professor, physician, naturalist, biologist and artist best known for the famous statement “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny”.

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