Hermann Müller

German botanist (1829-1883)
see Hermann Muller (disambig) for others with similar names

Heinrich Ludwig Hermann Müller (1829–1883) was a German botanist who provided important evidence for Darwin's theory of evolution.

Prof. Dr. Hermann Müller (Lippstadt)

Müller was an early investigator of coevolution.[1]p27 He was the author in 1873 of Die Befruchtung der Blumen durch Insekten, a book translated at the suggestion of Darwin in 1883 as The fertilisation of flowers.[2] He and Darwin corresponded—36 letters between the two, or from Darwin concerning Müller, are recorded.[3] Darwin cited him extensively in The Descent of Man for his information about the behavior of bees.

Hermann was the brother of Fritz Müller,[1]p29 the German doctor who lived in the Amazon and researched its natural history. The work of both brothers was well known to Darwin.[1]

This author is usually abbreviated H.Müll. when citing a botanical name.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Thompson J.N. 1994. The coevolutionary process. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-79760-0
  2. Müller H. 1883. The fertilisation of flowers. Macmillan, London. Translated by D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Brummitt, R.K.; C.E. Powell (1992). Authors of plant names. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. ISBN 1-84246-085-4.

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