Hugo Frederik Nierstrasz

Hugo Frederik Nierstrasz

Hugo Frederik Nierstrasz (30 June 1872 in Rotterdam 6 September 1937) was a Dutch zoologist, known for his research in the fields of malacology and carcinology.

From 1892 he studied medicine at Utrecht University, but his interests switched to biology by way of influence from Ambrosius Hubrecht. In 1898 he conducted research of marine animals at the Stazione Zoologica in Naples, and in 1899/1900 took part in the Siboga Expedition to the Dutch East Indies. After his return to Europe, he taught biology classes in Amersfoort, and in 1904 began work as a lecturer in zoology at Utrecht University. In 1910 he succeeded Hubrecht as a professor of zoology, comparative anatomy and zoogeography at the university. In 1930 he became a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.[1][2]

Members of the Siboga Expedition; Nierstrasz, seated figure at lower right.

Numerous taxa with the specific epithet of nierstraszi bear his name, an example being Hapalochlaena nierstraszi.[3][4]

Published works

In 1902 his "The Solenogastres of the Siboga-expedition" was published in English. His other zoological writings include:

He was also an editor of Oosthoek's "Geïllustreerde Encyclopaedie" (illustrated encyclopedia).[7]


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