Jens Andreas Dybdahl (1832-1879)

Associate professor of horticulture at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural College 1864-79, MSc botany 1862.

J.A. Dybdahl, who was the first teacher of horticulture in Denmark, launched the journal Tidsskrift for Havevæsen [Journal of Horticulture] in 1866. It turned into a pro-Darwinian organ in the 1870s. From December 1870 to March 1871 he published a six-part article based on a work on Darwinism by the Swedish professor of botany Nils Johan Andersson, who was one of the first evolutionists among Scandinavian naturalists. From 1871 to 1874, while booklets with the translations of the Origin of Species and Descent of Man were issued and the public debates on Darwinism climaxed, Dybdahl published in his journal extracts of Charles Darwin’ s The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication (1868), which was naturally of great interest for gardeners.

Hans Henrik Hjermitslev

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