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Hermann Adolf Alexander Schmidt

Born 1831
Died 1894

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Russian physiologist, born May 15/27, 1831, Island of Mohn near Estonia; died April 22, 1894.

Biography of Hermann Adolf Alexander Schmidt

Alexander Schmidt attended the University of Dorpat in Estonia from 1850 with the intent of studying history, but soon changed to medicine. He became doctor of medicine at Dorpat in 1858. He then continued his studies in Vienna and Berlin.

Under Ernst Felix Immanuel Hoppe-Seyler (1825-1895) in Berlin he undertook his first independent, scientific investigation, on the coagulation of fibrous matter. From 1866 to 1867 he worked with Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig (1816-1895) in Leipzig. When his old teacher Friedrich Heinrich Bidder (1810-1894) retired in 1869, he was appointed professor of physiology at Dorpat. He remained in this position until his death in 1894. From 1885 to 1889 he was Rektor magnifikus at Dorpat.

Alexander Schmidt achieved world fame for his work on the coagulation of blood.

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