Carl Adolf Otth, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Carl Adolf Otth

Swiss physician and naturalist (botany)

Date of Birth: 02-Apr-1803

Place of Birth: Bern, canton of Bern, Switzerland

Date of Death: 16-May-1839

Profession: physician, zoologist, botanist, drawer

Nationality: Switzerland

Zodiac Sign: Aries

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About Carl Adolf Otth

  • Carl Adolf (Adolphe) Otth (April 2, 1803, Bern - May 16, 1839) was a Swiss physician and naturalist.
  • He was the brother of mycologist Gustav Heinrich Otth (1806-1874).In 1822 he studied medicine in Bern, and afterwards attended classes on natural history in Geneva, where he had as instructors, Augustin Pyramus de Candolle (1778-1841) and Nicolas Charles Seringe (1776-1858).
  • He later studied medicine at the Universities of Kiel and Berlin, where in 1828 he received his doctorate.
  • After six months in Paris, he returned to Bern. In 1836 as a naturalist, he journeyed to Dauphiné and Provence in France, to the Balearic Islands and also to Algeria.
  • From these travels he collected a large number of insect, reptile and amphibian species.
  • In 1837 he was the first to describe the frog genus Discoglossus based on studies of the Mediterranean painted frog (Discoglossus pictus). In 1838 he published a book with thirty lithographs based on a trip to Algiers, titled Esquisses africaines, dessinées pendant un voyage a Alger et lithographiées par Adolphe Otth.
  • In 1839 during a journey to the Middle East, he died in Jerusalem at the age of 36.

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