Anna Weber-van Bosse

Anna Weber-van Bosse
Native name Anne Antoinette van Bosse
Born (1852-03-27)March 27, 1852
Died October 29, 1942(1942-10-29) (aged 90)
Residence Netherlands
Citizenship Netherlands
Fields Phycology, Marine biology
Alma mater University of Amsterdam
Author abbrev. (botany) Weber Bosse
Spouse Max Wilhelm Carl Weber

Anna Antoinette Weber-van Bosse (March 27, 1852 – October 29, 1942) was an acclaimed Dutch phycologist, specializing in marine algae.[1]

Her interest in botany and zoology started at a young age, inspired by regular trips to the Amsterdam zoo. She attended University of Amsterdam in 1880, made to do her laboratory work in a room separate from the male students.[1]

Some of her greatest work comes from the Siboga Expedition, considered the most important expedition for marine phycology in the western Pacific for the nineteenth century. She ventured with her husband, Max Weber. These travels brought about numerous discoveries, including entire new genera of algae, such as Periphykon, Exophyllum, and Microphyllum. Much of her discoveries from this trip are documented in her monograph Corallinaceae(1904), and her four-volume Liste des algues du Siboga(1913-1928).[1]

Some of her discoveries came during earlier expeditions to northern Norway and the East Indies. She discovered the genus Phytophysa and a form of symbiosis between algae and sponges before she left for Sigoba.

Much of her later work was done in her small home laboratory Huis Eerbeek, where several botanists would visit for consultation. Outside of marine biology, she worked with community child-care centers in Amsterdam.[1]

She received several awards for her work, including one of the country's highest honors, the Chevalier de l'ordre d'Orange-Nassau, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Utrecht. She died on October 29, 1942 at the age of 90.[1]


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  1. IPNI.  Weber Bosse.
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