Gustav Tschermak von Seysenegg

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Gustav Tschermak
Gustav Tschermak 1906 Charlotte Mandl.png
Born (1836-04-19)April 19, 1836
Littau, Olomouc District, Moravia
Died May 4, 1927(1927-05-04) (aged 91)
Fields Mineralogy
Known for Meteorite classification

Gustav Tschermak von Seysenegg (19 April 1836 – 24 May 1927) was an Austrian mineralogist.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Littau, Olomouc District, Moravia and studied at the University of Vienna where he obtained a teaching degree. He studied mineralogy at Heidelberg and Tübingen and obtained a PhD. He returned to Vienna as a lecturer in mineralogy and chemistry and, in 1862 was appointed second vice curator of the Imperial Mineralogical Cabinet, becoming director in 1868. He resigned as director in 1877. He was also professor of petrography at the University of Vienna. He was appointed professor in 1873 and a member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1905. He died in 1927, aged 91.

Work[edit]

He did useful work on many minerals and on meteorites. The mineral tschermakite is named in his honour. In 1871 he established the Mineralogische Mitteilungen (Mineralogical Reports), published after 1878 as the Mineralogische und petrographische Mitteilungen (Mineralogical and Petrographical Reports). His publications include:

Family[edit]

He had two sons, Armin von Tschermak-Seysenegg, professor of physiology, and Erich von Tschermak-Seysenegg, a botanist, who were one of the re-dicoverers of Mendel's laws of genetics.

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