Beijerinck, Martinus Willem


1851–1931 Dutchmicrobiologist whose studies of the agent of tobacco mosaic disease, which he termed contagium vivum fluidum, yielded important early information for formation of the concept of ‘filterable’, ‘invisible’, viruses.

Keywords: contagium vivum fluidum; tobacco mosaic virus; van't Hoff; nitrogen fixation; anaerobic bacteria

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Martinus Willem Beijerinck (1851–1931).


Further Reading

Bulloch W (1932) Martinus Willem Beijerinck 1851–1931. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London 109B: i–iii.

van Iterson Jr G, den Dooren de Jong LE and Kluyver AJ (1940) Martinus Willem Beijerinck: His Life and his Work. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff.

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Wilkinson, Lise(May 2001) Beijerinck, Martinus Willem. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0002363]