Horst Hagedorn

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Horst Hagedorn (born October 29, 1933 in Blomberg / Lippe ; † May 11, 2018 ) was a German geographer and university professor with a research focus on the geomorphology of arid regions in Africa.

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Horst Hagedorn studied geography, mathematics, physics, geology and ethnology at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen from 1954 to 1959 and received his doctorate there in 1960. He was then first assistant, later senior assistant, at the Second Geographical Institute at the Free University of Berlin . During his time at the Free University of Berlin, he began geomorphological investigations of the Tibesti Mountains , was involved with Jürgen Hövermann in establishing a research station in Bardaï and completed his habilitation on the relief types of arid areas in this region.

Subsequently, from 1970 onwards, Hagedorn was an adjunct professor, scientific head of the department for geomorphology and scientific advice at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen . After the end of the 1971 summer semester, Julius Büdel retired and Hagedorn was appointed to the Chair of Geography I at the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg . Hagedorn's appointment was made with the aim of continuing the focus on geomorphology and Africa research. His main area was the physical-geographical and geomorphological dry area research in Iran and North and West Africa , he also published on geomorphodynamics , glacial and periglacial morphology, the morphology of the Martian surface, paleoecology of deserts, environmental and climate development, and settlement geography Questions and problems of groundwater use. In 2000 Hagedorn retired.

In addition, Horst Hagedorn was active in the field of university and science policy. He was a member of the scientific advisory boards at the Bavarian State Ministry for Science, Research and Art , member of the scientific advisory boards "Earth Observation" and "Global Change" at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research , member of the Senate and main committee of the German Research Foundation , representative of the German Research Foundation in the German Commission for UNESCO and member of the panel “Environmental Issues” of the Scientific Affairs Division of NATO in Brussels. He was also President of the German Quaternary Association (1990–1996), Vice President of the International Union for Quaternary Research (1991–1995) and Vice President of the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg (1994–2000).

Due to his achievements and merits, Hagedorn was a full member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences since 1980 and a member of the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina since 1993 . He was the bearer of the Bavarian Order of Merit and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany on ribbon and 1st class, holder of the Albrecht Penck Medal of the German Quaternary Association, the golden Ferdinand von Richthofen Medal of the Geomorphology Working Group and the "Bene Merenti" medal in Gold from the University of Würzburg. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Humboldt University of Berlin .

Horst Hagedorn was buried in the new cemetery in Höchberg .

Works (selection)

  • Horst Hagedorn: Morphological studies in the geest areas between the Lower Elbe and Lower Weser . In: Göttingen geographical treatises . tape 26 . Geographer. Inst. Der Univ., Göttingen 1961 (80 pages).
  • Horst Hagedorn: Investigations into relief types of arid spaces using examples from the Tibesti Mountains and its surroundings . In: Journal of Geomorphology . Supplementary volume 11. Borntraeger, Stuttgart, Berlin 1971 (VIII, 251 pages, 10 illustrations, 13 maps, 10 aerial photographs).
  • Horst Hagedorn: Geological and Geomorphological Observations on the Northern Slope of the Tibesti Mountains, Central Sahara . In: MJ Salem, MT Busrewil (Ed.): The Geology of Libya . Volume III. Academic Press, London 1980, pp. 823-835 (English).
  • Rüdiger Glaser , Horst Hagedorn: The flood disaster of 1784 in the Main valley . A chronology of their climatic conditions and effects. In: The Earth . Journal of the Society for Geography in Berlin. 121st year, 1990, p. 1–14 ( digizeitschriften.de [PDF; 4.5 MB ; accessed on June 22, 2018]).
  • Rüdiger Glaser , Horst Hagedorn: Climate history - answers to the changeability of weather, weather and climate? In: Natural Sciences . tape 81 , no. 3 , 1994, p. 97-107 , doi : 10.1007 / BF01131764 .
  • Erhard Schulz, Horst Hagedorn: The desert - is it really growing? In: Geosciences . tape 12 , no. 7 , 1994, pp. 204–210 , doi : 10.2312 / geosciences . 1994.12.204 .


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Horst Hagedorn: The research station Bardai / Tibesti - a review . In: The Earth . Journal of the Society for Geography in Berlin. 135th year, issue 3–4, 2004, p. 237–243 ( digizeitschriften.de [PDF; 2.5 MB ; accessed on June 22, 2018]).
  2. Peter Baumgart (Ed.): Four hundred years University of Würzburg . A Festschrift (=  sources and contributions to the history of the University of Würzburg . Volume 6 ). Commissioned by the Bavarian Julius Maximilians University, Neustadt an der Aisch 1982, ISBN 3-7686-9062-8 , p. 659 .
  3. Member entry of Horst Hagedorn at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences , accessed on June 22, 2018.
  4. Member entry of Horst Hagedorn at the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina , accessed on June 22, 2018.
  5. Dr. Hawthorn Horst. Flammenberg Funeral Assistance, accessed on June 22, 2018 .