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Theodor Boveri

Theodor Boveri
Born 12 October 1862
Bamberg, Bavaria
Died 15 October 1915
Würzburg, Bavaria
Nationality German
Fields Genetics, Cell biology
Known for Embryonic development
Boveri-Sutton chromosome theory
Influenced Kristine Bonnevie

Theodor Heinrich Boveri (12 October 1862 – 15 October 1915) was a German biologist. He was notable for first hypothesising the cellular processes that cause cancer.

Boveri was married to the American biologist Marcella O'Grady (1863–1950). Their daughter Margret Boveri (1900–1975) became one of the best-known post-war German journalists.


  • Work 1
  • References 2
  • Further reading 3
  • External links 4


Boveri's work with chromatin diminution during embryonic development of the nematode Parascaris.

He also reasoned in 1902 that a Thomas Hunt Morgan in 1915 demonstrated that Boveri was correct.


  • Baltzer, Fritz (1967). "Theodor Boveri: The Life of a Great Biologist 1862–1915". Retrieved 22 July 2007. . Extract published in Gilbert, SF (2006). DevBio: a companion to Developmental Biology, 8th ed. Sinauer Associates. 
  • Boveri, Theodor (2008). "Concerning The Origin of Malignant Tumours".  
  • Maderspacher, Florian (2008). "Theodor Boveri and the natural experiment". Current Biology 18 (7): R279–R286.  
  • Satzinger, Helga (March 2008). "Theodor and Marcella Boveri: chromosomes and cytoplasm in heredity and development".  
  • Laubichler, Manfred D; Davidson Eric H (February 2008). "Boveri's long experiment: Sea urchin merogones and the establishment of the role of nuclear chromosomes in development".  
  • Bignold, Leon P; Coghlan Brian L D, Jersmann Hubertus P A (July 2006). " 
  • Hardy, Paul A; Zacharias Helmut (December 2005). "Reappraisal of the  
  • Wunderlich, Volker (September 2002). "JMM—past and present. Chromosomes and cancer: Theodor Boveri's predictions 100 years later".  
  • Manchester, K L (July 1997). "Overlooked Nobel laureates".  
  • Manchester, K (1997). "The quest by three giants of science for an understanding of cancer".  
  • Moritz, K B; Sauer H W (February 1996). "Boveri's contributions to developmental biology—a challenge for today".  
  • BALTZER, F (May 1964). "Theodor Boveri".  
  • STERN, C (September 1950). "Boveri and the early days of genetics".  

Further reading

  • Jane, Oppenheimer (1970–80). "Boveri, Theodor".  

External links

  • Wolbert, Peter. Theodor Boveri (1862–1915). Biocenter of the University of Wuerzburg. Retrieved 22 July 2007. 
  • Fritz Baltzer. (1967). excerpt from Theodor Boveri: The life of a great biologist, 1862–1915. University of California Press, Berkeley; pp. 85–97.
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