Herbert Wilhelmy

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Herbert Wilhelmy (1980)

Herbert Wilhelmy (born February 4, 1910 in Sondershausen ; † February 1, 2003 in Tübingen ) was a German geographer .


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).

In 1954 he accepted a position at the University of Stuttgart as successor to Hermann Lautensach .

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 .




  • 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

Web links

Commons : Herbert Wilhelmy  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ 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
  2. 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
  3. 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 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.iai.spk-berlin.de