Karl Ernst von Baer was a biologist, the founder of descriptive and comparative embryology and an academician of the St Petersburg Academy of Sciences. He studied medicine in Tartu from 1810 to 1811 and obtained the degree of doctor of medicine here. He was a professor of zoology and anatomy in Königsberg from 1817. He studied anthropology, geography and ichthyology during his time in St Petersburg. He spent the last years of his life (1867-1876) in Tartu where he wrote his 3-volume collection of articles and speeches and participated in the activities of the Estonian Naturalists Society and was elected its president in 1869.
The statue of Karl Ernst von Baer was completed in 1886, its author is M Opeku.
Set in a lovely wood up at the top of the city, worth as stroll as other university buildings surround the site
Although he discovered the embryo his monument looks like an uninspiring graveyard with little info about his acheivments
You will meet the man, who discovered human ovum. He is so famous, his picture was printed on Estonian 2-crown paper currency. Yes, we have no crowns but euros now... but back to von Baer: on...