Ernst Haeckel – philosopher, professor, physician, naturalist, biologist and artist. The pinnacle of his work – Art Forms of Nature - began publication in 1899 and is still an astonishing record of life on earth. When art and science combine, something sublime can come to pass.
As in his art, so in life. This carefully composed photograph shows Haeckel (left) and his then assistant Nicholai Miklukho-Maklai in the Canaries in 1866 when he was thirty two years of age.
He was no stay at home biologist and naturalist. Throughout his lengthy career he discovered several thousand new species.
He also coined many biological terms that we use today, the most notable being the word ecology.
Haeckel Strip - Flickr User jwyg