Ferdinand von Hochstetter
He was born at Esslingen, Württemberg, the son of Christian Ferdinand Friedrich Hochstetter (1787-1860), a clergyman and professor at Bonn, who was also a botanist and mineralogist. Having received his early education at the evangelical seminary at Maulbronn, Ferdinand proceeded to the University of Tübingen and the Tübinger Stift; there, under Friedrich August von Quenstedt, the interest he already felt in geology became permanently fixed, and he obtained his doctor's degree and a travelling scholarship.
In 1852 he joined the staff of the Imperial Geological Survey of Austria and was engaged until 1856 in parts of Bohemia, especially in the Bohemian Forest, and in the Fichtel Hills and Karlsbad mountains. His excellent reports established his reputation. Thus he came to be chosen as geologist to the Novara expedition (1857–59), and made numerous valuable observations in the voyage round the world.
In 1859 he was employed by the government of New Zealand to make a rapid geological survey of the islands. His survey of old Lake Rotomahana and the Pink and White Terraces was in 2017 reverse engineered to provide the coordinates of the Pink, Black and White Terraces. On his return he was appointed in 1860 professor of mineralogy and geology at the Imperial-Royal Polytechnic Institute in Vienna, and also became the tutor of Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria. In 1876 he was made superintendent of the Imperial Natural History Museum. In these later years he explored portions of Turkey and eastern Russia, and he published papers on a variety of geological, palaeontological and mineralogical subjects. He died in Oberdöbling near Vienna, at age 55.
New Zealand's endemic Hochstetter's frog, Leiopelma hochstetteri, is named after Ferdinand. Several other species bear his name in their scientific names, including the Takahe, Porphyrio hochstetteri, and Powelliphanta hochstetteri, a species (with five subspecies) of New Zealand's giant carnivorous land snails.
Hochstetter Peak on Trinity Peninsula in Antarctica is named after Hochstetter, as are New Zealand's Mount Hochstetter (West Coast Region) and the Hochstetter Dome and Hochstetter Icefall close to the Tasman Glacier.
- Karlsbad, seine geognostischen Verhältnisse und seine Quellen (1858)
- Neu-Seeland (1863); published in English as New Zealand: its physical geography, geology, and natural history: with special reference to the results of government expeditions in the provinces of Auckland and Nelson by Dr. Ferdinand von Hochstetter; Translated from the German Original published in 1863 by Edward Sauter... with additions up to 1866 by the author etc. Stuttgart: J.G. Gotta. 1867. Retrieved 20 May 2018 – via Internet Archive. 
- Geological and Topographical Atlas of New Zealand (1864)
- The geology of New Zealand: in explanation of the geographical and topographical atlas of New Zealand] (1864) 
- Leitfaden der Mineralogie and Geologie (with A Bisching) (1876, ed. 8, 1890).
- Bunn, Rex; Nolden, Sascha (2017-06-07). "Forensic cartography with Hochstetter's 1859 Pink and White Terraces survey: Te Otukapuarangi and Te Tarata". Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. 0 (0): 1–18. doi:10.1080/03036758.2017.1329748. ISSN 0303-6758.
- Bunn and Nolden, Rex and Sascha (December 2016). "Te Tarata and Te Otukapuarangi: Reverse engineering Hochstetter's Lake Rotomahana Survey to map the Pink and White Terrace locations". Journal of New Zealand Studies. NS23: 37–53.
- Discovery of silica terraces that was damaged by volcanic eruption
- Hochstetter Peak. SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica
- Ferdinand von Hochstetter: Father of New Zealand geology, Auckland Libraries. Retrieved 17 June 2017
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Hochstetter, Ferdinand Christian von". Encyclopædia Britannica. 13 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 554.
- Fleming, C. A. "Christian Gottlieb Ferdinand von Hochstetter". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
- Teara.govt.nz: Te Ara biography of Ferdinand von Hochstetter
- Teara.govt.nz: Te Ara article "Ferdinand von Hochstetter" (1966)]
- Michaelorgan.org.au: Ferdinand von Hochstetter and the Austrian Novara Scientific Expedition 1858-9