Karl Möbius

Karl August Möbius
Karl August Möbius (1825-1908).jpg
Portrait by Ernst Hildebrand (1895)
Born(1825-02-07)7 February 1825
Eilenburg, Germany
Died26 April 1908(1908-04-26) (aged 83)
Berlin, Germany
ResidenceGermany
CitizenshipGerman
Alma materHumboldt University
University of Halle
Known forBiocoenosis, ecology of oysters
Scientific career
FieldsZoology, ecology
InstitutionsUniversity of Kiel
Natural History Museum of Berlin

Karl August Möbius (7 February 1825 in Eilenburg – 26 April 1908 in Berlin) was a German zoologist who was a pioneer in the field of ecology and a former director of the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin.

Early life

Möbius was born in Eilenburg in Saxony. At the age of four he attended primary school at the Bergschule Eilenburg, and at the age of 12 he was sent by his father to train as a teacher[citation needed]. In 1844 he passed the exams with distinction and began working as teacher in Seesen, on the northwest edge of the Harz mountain range. In 1849 he began studying natural science and philosophy at Natural History Museum of Berlin. After he graduated, he taught zoology, botany, mineralogy, geography, physics, and chemistry at the Johanneum High School in Hamburg[citation needed].