Baer, Karl Ernst von

Abstract

KE von Baer was one of the most important embryologists of the nineteenth century. In particular, he discovered the mammal egg (1821) and established that the embryonic development was gradual and not the simple growth of a preformed individual (1828).

Keywords: history of embryology; mammal egg; epigenesis; germ layers

Further Reading

Baer KE von (1827) De ovi mammalium et hominis genesi epistola. Leipzig: Voss.

Baer KE von (1828–1837) Über Entwickelungsgeschichte der Thiere. Beobachtung und Reflexion. Königsberg: Bornträger. 2 vols.

Baer KE von (1866) Nachrichten über Leben und Schriften. St. Petersburg: Schmitzdorff.

Baer KE von (1986) In: Oppenheimer J (ed.) and Schneider H (transl.), Autobiography of Dr. Karl Ernst von Baer. Canton, MA: Science History Publications.

Oppenheimer J (1967) Essays in the History of Embryology and Biology. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Oppenheimer J (1970) Baer, Karl Ernst von. In: Gillispie CC (ed.) Dictionary of Scientific Biography, vol. 1, pp. 385–389. New York: Scribners' Sons.

Raikov BE (1968) Karl Ernst von Baer, 1792–1876. Sein Leben und sein Werk. Leipzig: J. Barth.

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Schmitt, Stéphane(Jul 2008) Baer, Karl Ernst von. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0002417]