Karl von Moll

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Karl Maria E(h)renbert Freiherr von Moll (21 December 1760, Thalgau - 1 February 1838 in Augsburg) was an Austrian naturalist and statesman.

From 1790 to 1804 he served as chancellor of the exchequer for Salzburg, afterwards residing in Munich and Augsburg, where he devoted his energies to natural history. In 1807 he became a member of the Academie der Wissenschaften in Munich, where up until 1827, he served as secretary in the class of mathematics and physics.[1]

During his career he amassed a library of 80,000 books, including many rare volumes on natural history. He also owned a diverse collection of zoological specimens, a significant herbarium in which Alpine flora was well represented, and an impressive mineral collection, of which, a portion was bought by the British Museum.[1][2]

The moss genus Mollia (Schrank ex Lindb, 1878) from the family Pottiaceae is named after him.[3][4]

Works[edit]

  • With Franz Paula von Schrank: Naturhistorischen Briefe über Oesterreich, Salzburg, Passau und Berchtesgaden, 2 Bde 1785.
  • Oberdeutsche Beiträge zur Naturlehre und Oeconomie für das Jahr 1787 (Hsg.)
  • With Antonio Canestrini: Historia de utero duplici, alterutro quarto graviditatis mense rupto 1788 (Hsg.)
  • Fortgesetzte Müllenkampfsche Sammlung der Forstordnungen verschiedener Länder, 1796 (Hsg).
  • Des Freiherrn K.E. von Moll Mittheilungen aus seinem Briefwechsel als Prodromus seiner Selbstbiographie, (1829–1835).

References[edit]

  • Hoffmann,Robert 2004 Wissenstransfer durch Netzwerkbildung. Karl Erenbert von Moll und die Anfänge der wissenschaftlichen Landeskunde in Salzburg. in: Martin Scheutz/Wolfgang Schmale/Dana Štefanová (Hg.), Orte des Wissens. Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Gesellschaft zur Erforschung des 18. Jahrhunderts. 2004, Bd. 18/19, Bochum 2004, 135 - 151.
  1. ^ a b The Mineralogical Record - Library biography
  2. ^ Wikisource Biographical Dictionary of the Empire of Austria
  3. ^ BHL Taxonomic literature : a selective guide to botanical publications
  4. ^ Tropicos Mollia Schrank ex Lindb.
  5. ^ "Author Query for 'K.Moll'". International Plant Names Index.