Emanuel Kayser

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Emanuel Kayser

Friedrich Heinrich Emanuel Kayser (March 26, 1845 - November 29, 1927) was a German geologist and palaeontologist, born in Königsberg.

He was educated at the universities of Halle, Heidelberg and Berlin, where in 1871 he qualified as a lecturer in geology. From 1873 he worked as a state geologist for the Preußischen Geologischen Landesanstalt (Prussian Geological Survey), and in 1881 became a professor at the Berlin Mining Academy. In 1885 he succeeded Wilhelm Dunker as professor of geology and paleontology at the University of Marburg.[1][2]

He is known for his work involving the stratigraphy, tectonics and paleontology of Paleozoic formations in Germany; especially the Harz and the Rhenish Massif.[1] With Wilhelm Dames, he was co-editor of the journal Paläontologischen Abhandlungen.[2]

Among his separate works are Lehrbuch der Geologie (2 vols.): ii. Geologische Formationskunde (1891; 2nd ed., 1902), and i. Allgemeine Geologie (1893); vol. ii. (the volume first issued) was translated and edited by Philip Lake, under the title Textbook of Comparative Geology (1893).[3] Another work is Beiträge zur Kenntniss der Fauna der Siegenschen Grauwacke (1892).

Posthumous honours[edit]

Kayser Bjerg, a mountain in Greenland, was named after him.


  1. ^ a b Kayser Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon, Band 10. Leipzig 1907, S. 795-796.
  2. ^ a b Kayser, Emanuel In: Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB). Band 11, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1977, ISBN 3-428-00192-3, S. 379–381
  3. ^ "Review of Text Book of Comparative Geology by E. Kayser, translated & edited by Philip Lake". The Academy. 44 (1105): 33–34. 8 July 1893.