Léopold Reichling

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Léopold Reichling
Leopold reichling before 1990 SNL.jpg
Born(1921-03-11)11 March 1921
Died2 May 2009(2009-05-02) (aged 88)

Léopold Reichling (March 11, 1921 in Luxembourg – May 2, 2009[1]) was a Luxembourg biologist and naturalist.

He is especially known for his publications in the fields of botany, zoology and nature conservation. He assembled three major scientific collections: an herbarium, a collection of heteroptera and a collection of human artefacts of the Stone Age.

The following taxa were named after Léopold Reichling:

Lichenoconium reichlingii Diederich 1986. Pycnidium with dark brown conidia. Photo: Paul Diederich.
Reichlingia leopoldii Diederich & Scheid., 1996.
Photo: Norbert Stapper.
Reichlingia leopoldii Diederich & Scheid., 1996. Details.
Photo: Norbert Stapper.


Léopold Reichling began his career in 1949 as a teacher of biology at the "Lycée de garçons" in Luxembourg-city. In 1957, he became professor of botany to the "Cours supérieurs de Luxembourg" (precursor of University of Luxembourg). Reichling is considered a pioneer of phytosociology in Luxembourg[6] and an eminent specialist in the flora of the Grand Duchy. After his retirement in 1981, he intensively devoted himself to the investigation of terrestrial heteroptera in Luxembourg.

Léopold Reichling was president of the Luxembourg Naturalist Society (Société des naturalistes luxembourgeois, SNL) (1962–1968) and of the league "Natura", an overhead organization of nature conservation. In 1997, he accepted the price “Hëllef fir d'Natur” in recognition of his research tasks and his commitment in favor of nature conservation in Luxembourg.

Bibliography (selection)[edit]




  • G. Hausemer, 2006. Luxemburger Lexikon. Das Großherzogtum von A-Z. Editions Binsfeld, Luxembourg, 479 p. (Reichling: p. 357). ISBN 978-2-87954-156-3.
  • J.A. Massard, 1990. La Société des Naturalistes Luxembourgeois du point de vue historique. Bulletin de la Société des naturalistes luxembourgeois 91: 5-214 (Reichling: p. 167-168). [1]
  • J. Werner, 1986. Léopold Reichling a 65 ans. Bulletin de la Société des naturalistes luxembourgeois 86 : 3-4. [2][permanent dead link]
  • J. Werner, 2009. Hommage à Léopold Reichling (1921-2009). In: Luxemburger Wort, No. 117, 20 May 2009, p. 85.
  • P. Ziesaire, 2009. Léopold Reichling: zwanzig Jahre vor- und frühgeschichtliche Forschung und Prospektion in Luxemburg. Eine Hommage an einen eminenten Luxemburger Naturwissenschaftler. Bulletin de la Société préhistorique luxembourgeoise 27-28 (2005–2007): 9-60.


  1. ^ Death announcement, Luxemburger Wort, Nr. 104 (May 5th, 2009), p. 65.
  2. ^ J. Lambinon et al., 2004. Nouvelle flore de la Belgique, du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, du Nord de la France et des Régions voisines (Ptéridophytes et Spermatophytes). 5e édition. Editions du Patrimoine du Jardin botanique national de Belgique.
  3. ^ Cf. Lambinon et al., 2004.
  4. ^ Paul Diederich, 1986. Lichenicolous fungi from the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg and surrounding areas. Lejeunia n.s. 119: 1-26.
  5. ^ Diederich, P. & C. Scheidegger, 1996. Reichlingia leopoldii gen. et sp. nov., a new lichenicolous hyphomycete from Central Europe. Bulletin de la Société des naturalistes luxembourgeois 97: 3-8[permanent dead link].
  6. ^ Cf. L. Reichling: Ce que sera la carte des groupements végétaux du Luxembourg[permanent dead link]. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 57(1952): 204-218.