Andreas Justious Kerner, a German physician, born in Ludwigsburg, Wurtemberg, Sept. 18, 1786, died at Weinsberg, Feb. 21, 1862. After completing his school education he served an apprenticeship in a cloth factory. In 1804 he went to the university of Tubingen, where he studied medicine and formed an intimacy with the poet Uhland. After some years of preliminary practice he settled in 1818 in the little village of Weinsberg. Some of his lyrics, for which Schumann has written melodies, have attained a popularity scarcely inferior to those of Uhland. The first volumes of his poems were published in 1826 and 1848; another collection at Stuttgart in 1853, entitled Der letzte Bluthenstrauss; and another in 1859, entitled Winterbluthen. He was a close investigator of the phenomena of animal magnetism and somnambulism, and among the results of his observations is a remarkable book, Die Seherin ton Prevorst ("The Seeress of Prevorst," Stuttgart, 1829), translated into English by Catharine Crowe, which produced an immense sensation. He wrote a number of other books on the same subject. His novel Reiseschatten is considered his best work in prose.

Having been obliged in 1851 to resign his profession from a total loss of sight, he received a pension from the king of Wurtem-berg, and also one from the ex-king Louis I. of Bavaria.