Gustav Hegi

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Gustav Hegi (born November 13, 1876 in Rickenbach , Canton of Zurich , † April 23, 1932 in Goldbach , municipality of Küsnacht , Canton of Zurich) was a Swiss botanist . Its official botanical author's abbreviation is " Hegi ".

life and work

Hegi's father was a pastor and councilor. His brother was Friedrich Hegi-Naef . After attending secondary school in Winterthur , he studied botany at the University of Zurich . One of his teachers at the university was Hans Schinz , he was already being taught at grammar school by Robert Keller , to whom he later also devoted his dissertation. He received his doctorate from the University of Zurich in 1900 and was curator at the Botanical Garden in Munich under Karl von Goebel from 1902 to 1908 . He completed his habilitation in Munich in 1905. From 1910 to 1926 he was Associate Professor of Botany at the University of Munich and the Swiss Consul from 1910 to 1920 and Consul General from 1920 to 1926 in Munich. In 1926 he resigned all of his offices for health reasons.

Starting in 1905, Hegi created the first comprehensive representation of the flora of the Alps with his work Alpenflora . At the request of his publisher, he then set about putting together a similar work for the entire German flora . Between 1908 and 1931 he published this work of the century under the title Illustrierte Flora von Mittel-Europa . It comprised a total of 7,800 pages in thirteen monumental volumes. Hegi edited around two thirds of these himself, the rest comes from co-authors. After Hegi's death, the work has been continued by numerous authors and author communities until today and has been repeatedly adapted to the latest findings in botany. In 1975 the work consisted of 19 partial volumes plus register volume and expanded to a total of 22 partial volumes plus register volume by 1990.

Major works

  • Alpine flora. The most common alpine plants in Bavaria, Austria and Switzerland . JF Lehmanns Verlag Munich 1905; 25th exp. Edited by Herbert Reisigl. Parey Verlag, Berlin 1977.
  • Illustrated flora of Central Europe. With special consideration of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 13 volumes. JF Lehmanns Verlag, Munich 1906–1931; New editions from 1935, later by Hanser Verlag, Munich, and Verlag Paul Parey, Berlin 1975 (reprint), ISBN 3-489-72021-0 (Sellier), ISBN 3-489-72020-2 (Lüderitz & Bauer).

Digital copies of the University and State Library Düsseldorf or the Digital Repository of Scientific Institutes (Poland):


Web links

Wikisource: Gustav Hegi  - Sources and full texts
Commons : Hegi, Illustrierte Flora von Mittel-Europa  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Jan-Peter Frahm, Jens Eggers: Lexicon of German-speaking bryologists . tape 1 , 1995, ISBN 3-8311-0986-9 , pp. 233 ( limited preview in Google Book Search [accessed July 13, 2016]).