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Karl Heinrich Hermann (Hermann) Hoffmann


German botanist and physician. Studied medicine at Gießen and Berlin, 1837–41. MD, Gießen, 1841. Practised briefly in 1842; habilitated in medicine at Gießen, 1842. From 1843, began to lecture in physiological botany and left medicine in 1845. PhD in botany, Gießen, 1847; professor and director of the botanic garden, 1853. Worked on the systematics of fungi and was a pioneer in bacteriology. Also worked on variability, propagation, migration, and dissemination in plants.





DBE: Deutsche biographische Enzyklopädie. Edited by Walter Killy et al. 12 vols. in 14. Munich: K. G. Saur. 1995–2000.

NDB: Neue deutsche Biographie. Under the auspices of the Historical Commission of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. 26 vols. (A–Vocke) to date. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot. 1953–.