Monday, July 11, 2005
Ernst Haeckel 1834-1919, was a German biologist and philosopher who popularized Charles Darwin's work in Germany. Haeckel was a physician, an accomplished artist and illustrator, and later a professor of comparative anatomy. He was one of the first to consider psychology as a branch of physiology. His chief interests lay in evolution and life development processes in general, including development of nonrandom form, which culminated in the beautifully illustrated Kunstformen der Natur (Art forms of nature). Another work from Ernst Haeckel was a work on Radiolaria from 1862. Named in honor of Ernst Haeckel there is Mount Haeckel which is a 4090 m summit in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, overlooking the Evolution Basin and the asteroid 12323 Häckel.