Friedrich Ehrendorfer

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Friedrich Ehrendorfer (born July 26, 1927 in Vienna ) is an Austrian botanist and plant systematist. The abbreviation of his author's name is honorable.


Friedrich Ehrendorfer studied biology at the University of Vienna from 1945 to 1949 with a focus on botany and paleontology . He received his doctorate at the age of 22 and a lecturer at the age of 28. While on a Fulbright scholarship , he did research in California. From there he brought the ideas of the so-called 'Modern Synthesis', namely the connection of cytogenetics , evolutionary research and phylogeny, to Europe and established them here. Ehrendorfers contribution to the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium in 1959 became a milestone. In 1965 he became a professor at the Karl Franzens University in Graz , and in 1970 at the University of Vienna. For many years he was head of the Institute for Botany and director of the Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna . During his term of office, the expansion of the institute fell, which was completed in 1992. In 1995 Ehrendorfer retired, but continued his research. His wife Luise, née Schratt, is also a botanist.

Research and work

His main research interests are studies on karyological, molecular and comparative evolution research and the biosystematics of higher plants. The interdisciplinary dialogue between individual botanical disciplines is important to him.

Ehrendorfer deals with the systematics of the following genera: bed herbs ( Galium ), yarrow ( Achillea ), widow flowers ( Knautia ), wormwood ( Artemisia ), oaks ( Quercus ) and fescue ( Festuca ).

From 1971 to 1998 he was co-editor of the Strasburger textbook of botany for universities and responsible for the sections evolution and systematics, seed plants and geobotany.

In the 1960s he initiated an atlas of distribution of vascular plants in Europe. In the course of the preparatory work, the list of vascular plants of Central Europe was created .

He converted the Austrian Botanical Journal into the internationally distributed journal Plant Systematics and Evolution.

The plant genus Ehrendorferia from the poppy family (Papaveraceae) and a leaf flea genus ( Phylloidea ) with the name Ehrendorferiana , which sucks on Cupressaceae , are named after Ehrendorfer .

Awards and memberships


  • Co-editor: Strasburger - Textbook of botany for universities . 30th to 34th edition
  • Ferdinand Starmühlner, Friedrich Ehrendorfer (editor): Natural history of Vienna in four volumes . Jugend & Volk, Vienna 1970–1974
  • Differentiation-Hybridization Cycles and Polyploidy in Achillea . Friedrich Ehrendorfer. Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol 1959 24: 141-152; doi: 10.1101 / SQB.1959.024.01.014

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Honorary member Prof. em. Dr. Friedrich Ehrendorfer (* 1927). German Botanical Society.
  2. Lotte Burkhardt: Directory of eponymous plant names . Extended Edition. Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin, Free University Berlin Berlin 2018. [1]
  3. Laudation on the occasion of the award of honorary membership of the GfBS to Univ.-Prof. Dr. Friedrich Ehrendorfer. Newsletter of the Society for Biological Systematics ( Memento from June 19, 2006 in the Internet Archive ).
  4. ^ Daniel Burckhardt: Ehrendorferiana, a new genus of Neotropical jumping plant lice (Insecta: Hemiptera: Psylloidea) associated with conifers (Cupressaceae). In: Org. Divers. Evol. Vol. 5, Electr. Suppl. 12, 2005, urn : nbn: de: 0028-odes0512-3 (PDF file; 997 kB).
  5. ^ Member entry by Friedrich Ehrendorfer (with picture and CV) at the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina , accessed on July 5, 2016.
  6. ^ City of Vienna