Johann Christian Polycarp Erxleben

For the Erxleben meteorite of 1812, see meteorite falls.
Johann Christian Erxleben

Johann Christian Polycarp Erxleben (1744-1777)
Born 22 June 1744
Died 19 August 1777 (1777-08-20) (aged 33)
Fields Naturalist
Institutions University of Göttingen
Alma mater University of Göttingen
Doctoral advisor Abraham Gotthelf Kästner
Doctoral students Christian von Weigel
He was the son of Dorothea Christiane Erxleben.

Johann Christian Polycarp Erxleben (22 June 1744  19 August 1777) was a German naturalist from Quedlinburg.

Erxleben was Professor of physics and veterinary medicine at the University of Göttingen. He wrote Anfangsgründe der Naturlehre (1772) and Systema regni animalis (1777). He was founder of the first and oldest academic Veterinary School in Germany, the Institute of Veterinary Medicine, in 1771.

He was the son of Dorothea Christiane Erxleben, the first woman in Germany to earn a medical degree.


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