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  1. Theodor Schwann, (born December 7, 1810, Neuss, Prussia [Germany]—died January 11, 1882, Cologne, Germany), German physiologist who founded modern histology by defining the cell as the basic unit of animal structure.

  2. Theodor Schwann was born in Neuss on 7 December 1810 to Leonard Schwann and Elisabeth Rottels. [6] Leonard Schwann was a goldsmith and later a printer. Theodor Schwann studied at the Dreikönigsgymnasium (also known as the Tricoronatum or Three Kings School), a Jesuit school in Cologne. [6] [7] Schwann was a devout Roman Catholic.

  3. Theodor Schwann was born in Germany’s oldest city, Neuss, on December 7, 1810. He was the fourth son of Elisabeth Rottels and her husband Leonard Schwann, a goldsmith and publisher. Theodor attended the Tricoronatum – a Jesuit college in Cologne. There he was influenced by the religious doctrines of Wilhelm Smets.

    • Contributions to Physiology and Anatomy
    • Cell Theory
    • Contributions to Histology
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    At the University of Berlin, Schwann again came into contact with Müller, who convinced him that he should follow a scientific career. Very soon after he began to work under Müller, he had his first success. From extracts which he made of stomach lining, Schwann demonstrated that a factor other than hydrochloric acid was operating in digestion. Two...

    In 1838 Schwann became familiar with Matthias Schleiden's microscopic research on plants. Schleiden described plant cells and proposed a cell theory which he was certain was the key to plant anatomy and growth. Pursuing this line of research on animal tissues, Schwann not only verified the existence of cells, but he traced the development of many a...

    Schwann also contributed to the understanding and classification of adult animal tissues. He classified tissues into five groups: separate independent cells, such as blood; compacted independent cells, such as skin; cells whosewalls have coalesced, such as cartilage, bones, and teeth; elongated cells which have formed fibers, such as tendons and li...

    Excerpts in English translation from Mikroskopische Untersuchungen are found in the following works: Forest Ray Moulton and Justus J. Schifferes, eds., The Autobiography of Science (1945; rev. ed. 1960); Augusto Pi Suñer, Classics of Biology (1955); Friedrich S. Bodenheimer, The History of Biology: An Introduction (1958); and George Schwartz and Ph...

  4. Jan 11, 2022 · Theodor Schwann is a revered biologist who revolutionized cell theory and physiology. Explore Schwann's discoveries of pepsin, fermentation, and helper cells in the nervous system, as well as his...

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  5. Feb 07, 2022 · Theodor Schwann, a German zoologist, was born on December 7, 1810 in Neuss, Germany. Schwann attended Tricoronatum in Cologne, Germany. It was here that he became influenced by religious doctrines...

  6. The German biologist Theodor Schwann (1810-1882) is considered a founder of the cell theory. He also discovered pepsin, the first digestive enzyme prepared from animal tissue, and experimented to disprove spontaneous generation. Theodor Schwann was born at Neuss near Düsseldorf on Dec. 7, 1810.

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