Friedrich Johann Karl Becke

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Friedrich Johann Karl Becke
Hofrat Prof. Dr. Friedrich Becke 1918 Harkanyi.png
Born (1855-12-31)31 December 1855
Prague Austria-Hungary
Died 18 June 1931(1931-06-18) (aged 75)
Vienna, Austria
Doctoral advisor Gustav Tschermak von Seysenegg
Notable awards Wollaston Medal (1929)

Friedrich Johann Karl Becke (31 December 1855 in Prague – 18 June 1931 in Vienna) was an Austrian mineralogist and petrographer.


After studying at the University of Vienna, where he specialized in the natural sciences, he became there a lecturer on geology. In 1882 he was appointed professor at the University of Czernowitz. Eight years later he received a similar appointment at Prague, but soon after went to Vienna, where he became professor of mineralogy, succeeding Gustav Tschermak von Seysenegg as such, of whose periodical Mineralogische und Petrographische Mittheilungen he became editor. He published many papers on the science of geology and mineralogy, but he was best known on account of his researches in the field of rock-forming minerals and how they may be determined by means of their light-refractive properties. The results of these studies were published by the Vienna Academy (1893).


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