Karl Butzer

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Karl W. Butzer

Karl W. Butzer is an American geographer, cultural ecologist and environmental archaeologist. He was born in Germany on 19 August 1934. While he was still a child, his family emigrated, first to England, and then to Canada. He obtained a master's degree in Meteorology and Geography from McGill University and a doctorate in physical geography from the University of Bonn in Germany.

From 1959 through 1966 he taught at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. This was followed by a stint at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. Next, he taught at the University of Chicago until 1984. After that, he went to the Department of Geography and the Environment at University of Texas at Austin.


Selected publications[edit]

  • 1964 Environment and Archaeology: An Ecological Approach to Prehistory.
  • 1976 Early Hydraulic Civilization in Egypt: A Study in Cultural Ecology.
  • 1978 Dimensions of Human Geography: Essays on Some Familiar and Neglected Themes.
  • 1982 Archaeology as Human Ecology: Method and Theory for a Contextual Approach.
  • 1988 "Cattle and Sheep from Old to New Spain: Historical Antecedents," Annals of the Association of American Geographers 78: 29-56.
  • 1993 "The Classical Tradition of Agronomic Science: Perspectives on Carolingian Agriculture and Agronomy," In: P.L. Butzer and D. Lohrmann (eds.), Science in Western and eastern Civilization in Carolingian Times, pp. 539-596.


  1. ^ a b c d e Scarpaci, Joseph L.; Doolittle, William (1998). "The 1997 Carl O. Sauer Distinguished Scholar Award". Yearbook 1998. Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 

External Links[edit]

  • Karl W. Butzer, Raymond C. Dickson Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts