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Samuel Friedrich Stein

Samuel Friedrich Nathaniel Ritter von Stein November 3, 1818 – January 9, 1885 was a German entomologist He was Professor at the Royal Saxon Academy of Forestry in Tharandt from 1850–55; and Professor, and later Rector, at the Charles University in Prague, from 1855–76 His scientific work focused on invertebrates, and mainly on Diptera


  • 1 Early life, education, and family
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Honors
  • 4 Works
  • 5 References

Early life, education, and familyedit

Stein was born in Niemegk, near Potsdam, Brandenburg

He completed his studies in 1841, conducting doctoral work at the University of Berlin

On May 29, 1844, in Berlin, he married Emma Johanne Couard Ottilie born December 30, 1823, in Berlin; died 2 September 1903, in Asch The couple had nine children The next to last, daughter Adelheid von Stein born May 25, 1859, married Joseph Neuwirth


Stein's scientific work focused on invertebrates, and mainly on Diptera, as well as single-celled animals His work on infusoria became the basis for all subsequent research in this area1

Stein was appointed as Curator of the Zoological Museum at the University of Berlin, in 1849

From 1850 to 1855, he was professor of zoology and botany at the Academy of Forestry in Tharandt, Saxony, 20 km south-west of Dresden Tharandt had one of the leading forestry schools in Germany

Formal education in forestry began about 1840 when private forestry schools were established These were the outgrowth of the old master schools The forestry college at Tharandt developed from Cotta Master School Though not of the same order,citation needed Tharandt had close connections with the French National School of Forestry, which had been established in Nancy, France, in 1825

The work at Tharandt, under Stein's supervision was of a very high order, thoroughly professional and of very high technical standardscitation needed

In 1855, he became professor at the Charles University in Prague, where he worked until retirement He served as Rector of the university in the 1875-76 academic year


Stein was ennobled on April 27, 1878, in Vienna by Emperor Franz Josef I


  • De Myriapodum partibus genitalibus, nova generationis theoria atque introductione systematica adjectis Dissertatio inauguralis zoologica quam in Alma Universitate Litteraria Friderica-Guilielma 16Aug 1841 publice defendet auctor, Berlin: Brandes et Klewert 1841
  • Die lebenden Schnecken und Muscheln der Umgegend Berlins, Berlin: Reimer, 1850
  • Die Infusionsthiere auf ihre Entwicklungsgeschichte untersucht, Leipzig: Engelmann 1854
  • Der Organismus der Infusionsthiere nach eigenen Forschungen, Leipzig: Engelmann, Teil 1: 1859, Teil 2: 1867, Teil 3: 1878, Teil 4: 1863 Note: this is Stein's first work
  • Über die Hauptergebnisse der Infusorienforschungen Ein Vortrag, Vienna: Staatsdruckerei, 1863
The standard author abbreviation FStein is used to indicate this individual as the author when citing a botanical name2


  1. ^ Assessment of the Dresden University of Technology See: http://wwwforsttu-dresdende/Zoologie/hauptfeld_historischeshtm in German
  2. ^ IPNI  FStein 

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