Johann Georg LENZ

Classe di Scienze fisiche, matematiche e naturali
Professore di Mineralogia nell'Università di Jena

Socio corrispondente dal 08/11/1807
Nato a Schleusingen (Germania) il 02/04/1748
Deceduto a Jena (Germania) il 28/02/1832


Lenz went to the University of Jena in 1765, receiving his Doctor of Philosophy and Theology in 1770. He became a private docent with in the faculty of the department of philosophy. He continued to pursue theological studies for a time, but eventually he became interested in scientific studies, especially mineralogy.

The study of minerals suited Lenz, and the newly invented system of A.G. Werner, opened new worlds of discovery for him. Lenz choose to pursue a career in the field, and consequently, he was made a professor of mining and mineralogy at the University of Jena. When the University acquired J.E.I. Walch's mineral collection, Lenz was made its curator. Lenz was a founding member and driving force behind the Söcietät für die gesammte Mineralogie in Jena, which was the first society devoted to exclusively to mineralogical studies. A mineral collection he assembled for his own studies was purchased in 1799 by the Dutchman Marinus van Marum and eventually incorporated into Teyler's Museum in Haarlem.

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