(October 1, 1852 – April 11, 1914) was a German marine biologist.
Chun was born in Höchst, today a part of Frankfurt, and studied
zoology at the University of Leipzig, where from 1878 to 1883 he was
privat-docent of zoology and an assistant to Rudolf Leuckart. After
professorial posts in
Königsberg (1883-1891) and
he returned to
Leipzig as a professor of zoology.
He initiated and led the German deep sea expedition (1898/99
"Valdivia" Expedition), which set out on August 1, 1898 from
Hamburg to explore the deep sea in the subantarctic seas. They visited
Bouvetøya, the Kerguelen Islands, and other islands in the area,
before returning to Hamburg, where they arrived on April 30, 1899.
Chun was a specialist on cephalopods and plankton. He discovered and
named the vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis, which means
"vampire squid from hell").
He died on April 11, 1914 in Leipzig, Germany, aged 61.
Aus den Tiefen des Weltmeeres,
Die Cephalopoden, 2 volumes.,
European and American voyages of scientific exploration
^ a b c UNI
Leipzig Professorenkatalog (biographical sketch)
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