Michael Sars

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Michael Sars (30 August 1805 – 22 October 1869) was a Norwegian theologian and biologist.


Sars was born in Bergen, Norway. He studied natural history and theology at Royal Frederick University from 1823 and completed a cand.theol. degree in 1828. For several years he taught at a number of different schools, firstly in Christiania (now Oslo) and then in Bergen. In 1831 he was appointed vicar to Kinn on the Norwegian north-west coast; eight years later he transferred to Manger, just north of Bergen. Finally, in 1854 he was named professor of zoology at the University where he remained for the rest of his life. He died in 1869. He was married to Maren Welhaven, sister of the epic poet Johann Sebastian Welhaven in 1831, and had 7 daughters and 7 sons.


Sars issued his first publication in 1829 – ("Contributions to the Natural History of Marine Animals"); a second followed in 1835 – ("Descriptions and Observations ..."). He also issued two large-scale volumes under the title . In all these publications, Sars described new taxa, a routine activity of scientists of the period, but he also described life-histories and reproductive cycles, food and feeding, behaviour and...
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