Nikolaus Ager

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Nikolaus Ager, name also spelled Nicolas Ager and sometimes referred to as Agerius (1568, Ittenheim – 26 June 1634, Strasbourg) was a French physician and botanist born in Alsace. He was the author of the treatise "De Anima Vegetativa" (1629).[1]

He studied medicine in Basel, subsequently obtaining doctorates in medicine and philosophy in Strasbourg. In 1618 he became a professor of medicine and botany at Strasbourg.[2] During his career, he worked closely with famed botanists Johann and Gaspard Bauhin.[1]

In 1763 Michel Adanson named the genus Ageria (family Aquifoliaceae) in his honor.[1][3]

Written works

From 1623 to 1634 he published a series of disputations, a few of them being: "De vita et morte", "De nutritione", "De mente humana", "De monstris" and "De somno et insomniis". In 1602 he published a new edition of Walther Hermann Ryff's "Reformierte Deütsche Apoteck" (Reformed German chemist) as "Newe ausgerüste deutsche Apoteck".[2][4] The following are a list of some of his better known works:

  • "Theses physico-medicae de homine sano", 1593.
  • "Disputatio de dyssenteria", 1593.
  • "Disputatio de Zoophytis", 1625.
  • "De Anima Vegetativa", 1629.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d Google Books The Biographical Dictionary, Volume 1, Issue 2
  2. ^ a b c Deutsche Biographie
  3. ^ GBIF Ageria Adanson, 1763
  4. ^ WorldCat Title Newe Ausgeruste Deutsche Apoteck