Kaspar Friedrich Wolff was known as the
Father of Embryology
He was a German physiologist and one of the founders of embryology.
Wolff was born in Berlin, Brandenburg.
In 1759 he graduated as an M.D. from the University of Halle with his dissertation "Theoria Generationis" where he revived and supported the theory of epigenesis previously proposed by Aristotle and William Harvey.
Wolff's research covered embryology, anatomy, and botany.
He was the discoverer of the primitive kidneys (mesonephros), or "Wolffian bodies" and its excretory ducts. He described these in his dissertation "Theoria Generationis" after observing them in his studies on chick embryos.