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From 1898 lie was titular professor at Berlin, where he was named curator of the Museum fur Meereskunde in 1901 ; he was also ordinary professor at the Landwirtschaftliche Hochschule . Plate's museum experience especially impressed Haeckel, whom he succeeded in 1909 as professor of zoology and director of the Phyletische Museum at Jena . Haeckel, who had strongly favored Plate's appointment, expected to have his wishes followed ; but bitter dissension soon broke out between the two . No doubt there were contributing factors in both personalities, but the former pupil and protege did his best to derogate Haeckel and to make his position untenable .
Plateau was one of the best-known Belgian scientists of the nineteenth century . The son of an artist, he received his early education at schools in Brussels . In 1822 he entered the University of Liege as a student in the law faculty . He became interested in science ; and in 1824, after he received a diploma in law, he enrolled as a candidate for an advanced degree in the physical sciences and mathematics . Since Plateau had been orphaned at the age of fourteen, he had to support himself during his studies by serving as professor of elementary mathematics at the athenee in Liege .
Letters, cards, and other documents are at the Max Planck Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Wissenschaften e . , Munich . A useful guide for locating MSS, still being compiled, is Zentralkartei der Autographen, at the Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz . Photographs of paintings, medals, and a 30-pfennig postage stamp are listed in the mimeographed typewritten catalog Max Planck (1858-1947), Geddchinisausstellung Planckschen Strahlungsgesetzes . Messungen and Theorien der spektralen Energieverteilung bis zur Begriindung der Quantenhypothese (Wiesbaden, 1970) .
Dictionary of Scientific Biography. Volume 11. A. PITCAIRN - B. RUSH by Charles Coulston Gillispie