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Blumenbach, Johann Friedrich, was born at Gotha in 1752, and evinced in childhood a taste for anatomy, having begun at the age of ten to form his great museum. He studied at Jena, and becoming professor at Gottingen in 1776, he held the post for nearly sixty years. Among his many works may be mentioned the Institutiones Physiologicae, a Manual of Natural History, a Manual of Comparative Anatomy and Physiology (translated into all the chief languages of Europe), and the Collectio Craniorum Dirersarum Gentium, which gave great impulse to the study of craniology. He twice visited England. In 1835 he was forced by age to give up lecturing, but he survived until 1840.