Friedrich Martin Berwerth

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Friedrich Martin Berwerth (16 November 1850, Schäßburg – 22 September 1918, Vienna) was an Austrian mineralogist and petrographer known for his work with meteorites.[1]

He was a student at the Universities of Vienna, Graz and Heidelberg, and following graduation, worked as an assistant to Gustav Tschermak von Seysenegg at the Mineralogisch-Petrographischen Institut in Vienna (1874). Later the same year, he began work as an assistant at the Imperial Hofmineralien Cabinet. In 1888 he became a curator, followed by titles of leiter (1895) and director (1904) of the mineralogy-petrography department.[2]

From 1888 he was a privat-docent of petrography at the University of Vienna, where in 1894, he became an associate professor, and in 1907, attained a full professorship.[3][4] In 1901, with August von Loehr, he founded the Wiener Mineralogische Gesellschaft (in 1947 the name of the association was changed to Österreichische Mineralogische Gesellschaft).[5]

Written works[edit]

  • Mikroskopische Structurbilder der Massengesteine in farbigen Lithographien, 1900.
  • Verzeichnis der Meteoriten im K.K. Naturhistorischen Hofmuseum Ende Oktober 1902, (1903).
  • "Steel and Meteoric Iron, &c", published in 1908 in English.
  • Ein natürliches System der Eisenmeteoriten, 1914.
  • "On the origin of meteorites", published in 1917 in English (Translation from German of a lecture given in the Scientific club of Vienna on 26 January 1914).[6]


  1. ^ Berwerth, Friedrich Martin @ AEIOU Encyclopedia
  2. ^ Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (biography)
  3. ^ [1] Publikation: ÖBL 1815-1950, Bd. 1 (Lfg. 1, 1954), S. 77f.] @ Österreichisches Biographisches Lexikon 1815–1950
  4. ^ Berwerth, Friedrich Martin NDB/ADB Deutsche Biographie
  5. ^ Naturhistorisches Museum Wien Österreichische Mineralogische Gesellschaft
  6. ^ WorldCat Identities Most widely held works by Friedrich Martin Berwerth