Vinogradskii’s Transformation from Plant Physiologist to Ecologist, 1890–1920

  • Lloyd Ackert
Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 34)


Between the 1880s and the 1930s Vinogradskii underwent a striking intellectual transformation. In 1888, he considered himself a plant physiologist concerned with investigating the nutritional requirements of microorganisms. He conducted his research within a theoretical framework he called the cycle of life. By the 1930s, he identified himself as a soil microbiologist; and although he continued to study microbial nutrition, he now investigated it as an ecological phenomenon.


Soil Microbiology Iron Bacterium Black Earth Historical Contribution Medical Bacteriology 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of History and PoliticsDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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