ASKENASY, EUGEN (1845–1903), German botanist. Born in Odessa, Russia, Askenasy was brought up in Dresden. While studying agriculture, Askenasy came under the influence of Julius von Sachs (1832–1897), the outstanding botanist and plant physiologist. Askenasy, who qualified in botany at Heidelberg University, was appointed to the staff in 1872 and became a full professor in 1891. His important contributions to the fields of algology and plant physiology include studies of chlorophyll and other plant pigments; physiology of growth and flowering; and the physical forces involved in the rise of water in plant stems. He wrote Beitraege zur Kritik der Darwin'schen Lehre (1872).
M. Moebius, in: Berichte der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft, 21 (Nov. 1903), 47–66, includes bibl.; ndb.
[Mordecai L. Gabriel]