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Prof. J. E. B. Warming

Nature volume 113, pages 683684 (10 May 1924) | Download Citation



THE death on April 2 of Dr. Eugene Warming, emeritus professor of botany of the University of Copenhagen, marked the passing away of a vigorous force in Danish botany, and of a pioneer who influenced botany over the whole world. In the latest edition of Warming's ecological text-book (1918) references are given to about 2000 papers and monographs, and it is safe to say that the larger half of these were inspired or influenced by him. For about sixty years Wanning contributed steadily to the literature of botany, and for nearly half that period he was professor. His life-work involved several aspects of botany, but the part that will probably live longest is the attempt to bring order into the chaos of the world's types of vegetation-forests, grasslands, deserts, etc.—with reference to the groups of environmental factors that determine the existence of a plant in a place, and control its growth there.

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