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Biographical entry Eichler, Hansjörg (1916 - 1992)

Born
1 April 1916
Ravensburg, Germany
Died
22 June 1992
Berlin, Germany
Occupation
Botanist

Summary

Hansjörg Eichler was a botanist who worked for the Herbarium of South Australia and authored several works. The Herbarium holds a small collection of some of his correspondences. A Hansjörg Eichler Research Fund was established by the Australian Systematic Botany Society in his honour. Hansjörg Eichler published many plant species in various genera, and South Australian botany in general.

Details

Hansjörg Eichler held several positions in European herbaria in the post-war period where his research centred on what became a life-long interest in hydrophytes, particularly the genera Ranunculus and Hydrocotyle. In 1955 he was appointed Keeper of the South Australian state Herbarium, arriving to find a moribund institution. With his rigorous grounding in classical taxonomic and traditional herbarium procedures he determined to bring the Adelaide Herbarium up to international standards and respected in international scientific circles. His nomenclatural expertise was greatly relied on by other botanists in Australia. In his taxonomic work Eichler took an Australia-wide perspective, somewhat unusual in the state-based herbaria in Australia at the time. He was strong advocate for the publication of a new flora of Australia, serving on various committees which led to the establishment of the Australian Biological Resources Study and the eventual Flora of Australia project. Volume 18 of the Flora of Australia is dedicated to him. In 1993 the Australian Systematic Botany Society established the Hansjörg Research Fund in his honour. His personal herbarium of over 24,000 specimens in now in the State Herbarium of South Australia and the Australian National Herbarium.

Events

1950
Education - Dr. rer. nat., University of Halle-Wittemberg
1955
Life event - Arrived in Adelaide
1955 - 1972
Career position - Keeper, State Herbarium of South Australia
1959
Award - Hon PhD, University of Adelaide
1961 - 1962
Career position - Australian Botanical Liaison Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
1965
Taxonomy event - Moved Eucalyptus incrassate var. protrusa J.M.Black to variety of E. brachycalyx var. protrusa (J.M.Black) H.Eichler
1965 - 1975
Career position - Honorary Lecturer in Botany, University of Adelaide
1968 - 1992
Career position - Member, Committee for Spermatophyta, International Association for Plant Taxonomy
1972 - 1975
Career position - Member, Editorial Committee, World Pollen and Spore Flora
1972 - 1975
Career position - Member, Editorial Committee, World Pollen and Spore Flora
1972 - 1977
Career position - Member, Advisory Committee, Australian Journal of Botany
1973 - 1981
Career position - Curator, Herbarium Australiense, CSIRO Division of Plant Industry
1974 - 1992
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Index Holmensis
1975 - 1981
Career position - Member, Committee for Nomina Conservanda, International Association for Plant Taxonomy
1977 - 1982
Career position - Chair, Editorial Board, Brunonia
1979
Award - Willdenow Medal, Berlin-Dahlem Herbarium, Germany
1980 - 1985
Career position - Editorial committee, Flora of Australia
1982 - 1987
Career position - Member, Special Committee for Orthography, International Association for Plant Taxonomy

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Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Eichler, Hansjorg, Supplement to J.M. Black's Flora of South Australia (second edition, 1943-1957), British Science Guild, South Australian Branch, Adelaide, 1965, 385 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Conn, B.J., 'Dr Hans-Jörg Eichler, on the occasion of his retirement', Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 26, 1981, pp. 18-43. Details
  • Orchard, A. E, 'Hansjörg Eichler (1916-1992)', Taxon, vol. 44, 1995, pp. 271-8. Details
  • Robertson, E. R. L., 'Hansjörg Eichler 1 April 1916 - 22 June 1992', Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, vol. 15, no. 81-5, 1993. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • 'Eucalyptus brachycalyx var. protrusa (J.M.Black) H.Eichler (1965)', Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), Australian National Botanic Gardens, 2012, http://www.anbg.gov.au/cgi-bin/apni?taxon_id=19104. Details
  • Black, J.M., 'Myrtaceae. Eucalyptus incrassata var. protrusa J.M.Black. Flora of South Australia Part 3.', in J. M. Black (ed.), Flora of South Australia., British Science Guild, South Australian Branch, Adelaide, 1926, p. 421. Details

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