Karl Ernst von Baer

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Karl Ernst von Baer (Russian: Карл Эрнст фон Бэр) also known in Russia as Karl Maksimovich Baer (Russian: Карл Макси́мович Бэр, 28 February [O.S. 17 February] 1792 Piibe, Estonia – 28 November [O.S. 16 November] 1876 Tartu, Estonia) was a Baltic German[1][2][3][4] naturalist of Russian Empire, a biologist, geologist, meteorologist, geographer, a founding father of embryology, explorer of European Russia and Scandinavia, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a co-founder of the Russian Geographical Society and the first President of the Russian Entomological Society.

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Life

Karl Ernst von Baer was born in Piibe manor (German: Piep), now in Rakke, Lääne-Viru, Estonia (at the time Governorate of Estonia, Russian Empire); many of his ancestors had come from Westphalia. A knight by birthright, his full name was Karl Ernst Ritter von Baer, Edler von Huthorn. He was educated at the Cathedral School in Reval (Tallinn) and the University of Dorpat (Tartu), each of which he found lacking in quality education. In 1812, during his tenure at Dorpat University, he was sent to Tallinn to aid the city after Napoleon's armies had ravaged it. As he attempted to help the sick and wounded, he realized that his education at Dorpat had been inadequate, and upon his graduation he notified his father that he would need to go abroad to "finish" his education. In his autobiography his discontent with his education at Dorpat inspired him to write a lengthy appraisal of education in general, a summary that dominated the content of the book. After leaving Tartu, he continued his education in Berlin, Vienna, and Würzburg where Döllinger introduced him to the new field of embryology.

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