Embryology History - Robert Remak
Robert Remak (1815–1865) was a neurologist, a physiologist, and an embryologist. He was born on July 23, 1815 in Poznań in the western part of Poland that was occupied by Prussia during his lifetime. While still an undergraduate, he started research work in the microscopic laboratory under Johannes Müller (1801–1858).
From his research at the Charité Hospital, Berlin he identified three germ layers in the early embryo, and that new cells are generated by division of the existing ones.
- 1842 discovered and named the three embryo germ layers (ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm).
- 1838 discovered the non-medullated nerve fibres.
- 1844 discovered the nerve cells of the heart, called Remak's ganglia.
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