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Prof. Franz Werner

Nature volume 143, page 711 (29 April 1939) | Download Citation



PROF. FRANZ WERNER'S death, which took place in Vienna on February 18 after a short illness at the age of seventy-two years, came as a shock to his numerous herpetological friends and colleagues the world over. Born in 1867, Franz obtained his doctorate at the University of Vienna in 1890 at the early age of twenty-three years, was appointed assistant in the First Zoological Institute of the University, later rising to be professor there, and had a distinguished record as a teacher until 1933, when he became emeritus professor. For more than fifty years, almost up to his death, he was zealously engaged in zoological researches, being in the foremost ranks of European herpetologists and a recipient of many honours. He was a corresponding member of the Vienna Academy of Sciences, an honorary doctor of the University of Athens, an honorary member of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, and a member of numerous other scientific societies.

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