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Johann Wilhelm von Müller

Johann Wilhelm von Müller: “

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”’Baron Johann Wilhelm von Müller”’ (4 March, 1824 – 24 October,1866) was a [[Germany|German]] [[ornithologist]] and explorer.

Müller was born at Schloss Kochersteinsfeld, [[Neckarsulm]], the grandson of the banker Johannes Müller . In 1845 he travelled to [[Morocco]] and [[Algiers]], and in 1847 embarked on a longer African journey, accompanied by [[Alfred Brehm]] as his secretary. They travelled through [[Egypt]] to [[Khartoum]] and [[Kordofan]], returning to [[Alexandria]] in February 1849. Müller left Brehm there and returned to Germany with the natural history specimens collected on his journey, and made plans for a third expedition. Unfortunately Müller ran into financial difficulties and was not able to rejoin Brehm, instead sending him funds to proceed to Khartoum with Alfred’s brother Oskar and a doctor called Richard Vierthaler.

In the autumn of 1849 Müller began publication of the ornithological journal ”Naumannia”, edited by Eduard Baldamus. He also began work on an illustrated book entitled ”Beiträge zur Ornithologie Afrikas” (1853-1870), of which only five parts were ever published. In 1852 he purchased the natural history collection of [[Christian Ludwig Landbeck]] before the latter’s emigration to [[Chile]]. Later in that same year he became director of the Brussels Zoological Garden, resigning in 1854. He then travelled to North America and [[Mexico]], and on his return wrote ”Reisen in den Vereinigten Staaten, Canada, und Mexiko” (1864-1865).

Müller is commemorated in the name of the [[Blue-headed Bee-eater]] ”Merops muelleri”.

*Stresemann, Erwin – ”Ornithology from Aristotle to the Present” (1975) ISBN 0-674-64485-9


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