- Robert Mertens
Saint Petersburg, Russia, Mertens moved to Germany and attended the University of Leipzig, earning his PhD in zoologythere in 1916. After working at the Senckenberg Museumin Frankfurtfor several years, he became a lecturer at the University of Frankfurtin 1932. In his capacity as museum curator, and also in the various posts he held at the University, he was able to travel extensively and study lizards (particularly varanids, lacertids, and geckos) in many different locations, including Indonesia, Namibiaand El Salvador.
Robert Mertens authored several books on zoology, including "La Vie des Amphibiens et Reptiles" in 1959. An English translation, "The World of Amphibians and Reptiles", was published in 1960.
Ironically (or, as he remarked as he lay dying, fittingly) for a herpetologist, he died after being bitten while feeding his pet savanna twigsnake, "
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