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Christian Andreas Victor (Victor) Hensen


German physiologist and marine biologist. Studied medicine at Würzburg, Berlin, and Kiel, 1854–9. Habilitated in anatomy and histology, Kiel, 1860; professor extraordinarius, physiology and embryology, 1864; professor, 1868–1911. Led several marine biological expeditions, notably the Atlantic plankton expedition, 1889. Worked on the physiology and comparative anatomy of the nervous system and sensory organs.





DSB: Dictionary of scientific biography. Edited by Charles Coulston Gillispie and Frederic L. Holmes. 18 vols. including index and supplements. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. 1970–90.

NDB: Neue deutsche Biographie. Under the auspices of the Historical Commission of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. 27 vols. (A–Wettiner) to date. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot. 1953–.