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Christoph Theodor Aeby (ca. 1880)

Christoph Theodor Aeby (25 February 1835 – 7 July 1885) was a Swiss anatomist and anthropologist, born in Phalsbourg, Lorraine, France. He died in Bilin, Bohemia at the age of 50.


He studied medicine at Basel and Göttingen. In 1863 he was named a professor of anatomy at the University of Bern (1866/67, academic rector),[1] and in 1884 at the University of Prague as successor to Carl Toldt.[2]

He is best known for his contributions to anthropology, which include a new and valuable craniometric method. He performed research of microcephaly, publishing Beiträge zur Kenntniss der Mikrocephalie (1874) as a result.[3] He also demonstrated the influence of atmospheric pressure on the several joints of the human body, and conducted significant studies involving the upper respiratory tract,

An enthusiastic mountain climber, he was co-author of Das Hochgebirge von Grindelwald (The high mountains of Grindelwald, 1865).[3]

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Selected worksEdit

  • Eine neue Methode zur bestimmung der Schädelform von Menschen und Säugethieren, 1862 – A new method for determining the shape of the skull in humans and mammals
  • Die Schädelformen des Menschen und der Affen : eine morphologische Studie, 1867 – The skull shapes of humans and monkeys: a morphological study.
  • Beiträge zur Kenntniss der Mikrocephalie, 1874 – Contribution to the knowledge of microcephaly.
  • Schema des Faserverlaufes im menschlichen Gehirn und Rückenmark, 1884 – Schema involving the fiber path in the human brain and spinal cord.
  • Der Bronchialbaum der Säugethiere und des Menschen : nebst Bemerkungen über den Bronchialbaum der Vögel und Reptilien, 1880 – The bronchial tract of mammals and humans.[4][5]


  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "The new international encyclopedia". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.

  1. ^ Historischen Lexikon der Schweiz (biography)
  2. ^ a b Christoph Theodor Aeby at Who Named It
  3. ^ a b Aeby, Christoph Theodor Deutsche Biographie
  4. ^ bibliography
  5. ^ OCLC WorldCat published works