Wilhelmy studied geography , geology and ethnology at the universities of Gießen , Bonn , Vienna (1930) and most recently Leipzig . In 1932, Heinrich Schmitthenner , a student of Alfred Hettner , did his doctorate with geomorphological work on the surface forms of the Isker area . A morphogenesis of western Bulgaria . His habilitation in Kiel as assistant to Oskar Schmieder (from 1932) was also devoted to Upper Bulgaria : The rural settlements and the rural economy (1935), Sofia , changes in a large city between Orient and Occident (1936). At the University of Kiel in 1939 paid dietary lecturer, 1942 extraordinary professorship until 1954, interrupted by a draft as a meteorologist and head of a research institute in the Ukraine (1941–1943).
1959/60 visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley , where he worked with James J. Parsons (1915–1997) - a student of Carl O. Sauer (1889–1975) - and the interest of William M. Denevan (* 1931 ) for a dissertation in the Llanos de Mojos . He then went to the University of Tübingen as the successor to Hermann von Wissmann , where he retired in 1978 .
Since 1939 he was with Renate Wilhelmy, geb. Wolf, married. The children Lothar , Uta and Maren emerged from the marriage.
Wilhelmy was a universalist whose research spanned a thematically broad spectrum in physical geography and human geography . In the physical area he dealt with the sub-areas of geomorphology , climatic and vegetation geography and in the human area with population and settlement geography , especially the cultural-genetic urban geography , and the analysis of economic areas . He was also active in the field of cartography . In addition to the Balkans, which he traveled to during the semester break as a student in Vienna, since his time in Kiel as a student of Oskar Schmieder and the collaboration in the Overseas German Research Association , he has dealt with Latin America, especially Colombia and the La Plata countries . He published further work on the Indus - Delta as well as two books about Alexander von Humboldt .
- 1955–1957 chairman of the Central Association of German Geographers
- 1957–1959 Chairman of the German Humboldt Commission
- 1965–1969 Chairman of the National Committee of the International Geographical Union
- from 1973 member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
- Member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei
- Corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Academía Columbiana de Ciencias
- Honorary member of the Society for Geography in Berlin and the Geographical Societies in Stuttgart, Roma, Bogotá, Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile.
- 1965 Karl Sapper Medal for Tropical Research
- 1980 Federal Cross of Merit, 1st class as a "highly respected ambassador of German culture and science"
- 1984 Golden Alexander von Humboldt Medal
- 1986 Augsburg University Prize for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
- Cartography in brief , Verlag Ferdinand Hirt, 5th edition 1990 (first in 4 parts)
- Geomorphology in key words , 3 volumes, Verlag Ferdinand Hirt, new editions Enke Verlag, 6th edition 2004, 2007 edited by Berthold Bauer, Christine Embleton-Hamann
- Rice cultivation and food leeway in Southeast Asia , Verlag Ferdinand Hirt 1975, ISBN 3-554-60105-5
- Climate geomorphology in brief , Verlag Ferdinand Hirt 1974
- with G. Borchert, A. Kolb, L. Scheidl, H. Walch, TD Zotschew: Geography in keywords , 6 volumes, Verlag Ferdinand Hirt, 4th edition 1975, 1976 (part 1: general geography, part 2: cultural and Economic areas of the world, part 3: Germany, part 4: Europe, part 5: Asia, Africa, Australia, Oceania, part 6: America, oceans, polar regions)
- World and environment of the Maya - the rise and fall of a high culture , 2nd edition, Piper Verlag 1989
- Latin America , Kohlhammer 1982
- Selected research in South America , Berlin, Reimer 1980
- Climate morphology of mass rocks , 2nd edition, Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft, Wiesbaden 1981
- Bhutan , Munich, Beck 1990
- South America in the mirror of its cities , Cram, de Gruyter 1952, 2nd edition 1968
- with Wilhelm Rohmeder: The La Plata countries , Westermann 1963
- with Axel BorsdorfÖ The cities of South America. 2 volumes. Gebr. Bornträger 1984, 1985
- Literature by and about Herbert Wilhelmy in the catalog of the German National Library
- Radio interview with Herbert Wilhelmy on SR 2 Kulturradio (1981) (MP3 file; 23 MB)
- Obituary by Gerd Kohlhepp
- Wilhelmy in DIE ERDE magazine (PDF file; 17 kB) Obituary by Axel Borsdorf and Hartmut Leser.
- Karl-Heinz Schröder: Herbert Wilhelmy for his 60th birthday , in: Helmut Blume, KH. Schröder (Ed.): Contributions to the geography of the tropics and subtropics . FS. for the 60th birth of Herbert Wilhelmy, Tübingen (Geogr. Inst.) 1970
- Not with geographers, but with two fellow students from Bonn , the physician Hugo Messer and the theologian Hermann Michel (father of Wikiautor G-Michel), who covered long distances in Albania with his blood revenge tradition on foot and under military protection
- Ulrike Bock: German Latin America Research in National Socialism , in: Sandra Carreras (Ed.): National Socialism and South America Ibero-Online.de Issue 3 / I ( Memento of the original from December 24, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link became automatic used and not yet tested. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 5.1 MB), Ibero-Am. Inst. Preuss. Kulturbesitz, Berlin, 2005
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German geographer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 4, 1910|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Sondershausen|
|DATE OF DEATH||February 1, 2003|
|Place of death||Tübingen|