Cohn, Ferdinand Julius (1828–1898)
German botanist renowned as one of the founders of bacteriology.
Cohn showed that bacteria could be classified
in fixed species and discovered that some of these formed endospores (see
bacterial spores) which could survive
adverse physical conditions. He was also the first to recognize the value
of Koch's work on the anthrax
bacillus. Cohn began to study bacteria in 1868 and edited Contributions
to the Biology of Plants in 1870.