Wilhelm Hofmeister

Wilhelm Hofmeister

Hofmeister, Wilhelm, 1824-77, German botanist. Although self-taught, he made such valuable studies of the reproduction and development of plants that he was appointed professor, successively, at the universities of Heidelberg (1863) and Tübingen (1872). He demonstrated alternation of generations, especially in nonflowering plants, and described the behavior of the nucleus in cell formation.
Wilhelm Hofmeister (1912–1978) was the BMW design chief from 1955 to 1970.

The Hofmeister kink is named after him. Hofmeister's successor at BMW was Paul Bracq.


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