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Wilhelm "Will" Kleber (born December 15, 1906 in Karlsruhe , † August 27, 1970 in Berlin ) was a German mineralogist , crystallographer and petrologist .

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After taking the final exam for elementary school teachers at the teacher training institute in Karlsruhe, Kleber studied mineralogy at the University of Heidelberg from 1927 to 1931 . After completing his doctorate and passing the assessor examination for teaching at secondary schools, he was an assistant at the Mineralogical-Crystallographic Institute at Heidelberg University from 1934–1939. In 1933 he joined the NSDAP . After his habilitation in 1936, he was a lecturer, initially at the University of Heidelberg until 1939 and from 1940 at the University of Bonn . In 1943 he was appointed adjunct professor of mineralogy, crystallography and petrography there. From 1941 to 1945 he did his military service in the Air Force weather service.

In 1952 he was appointed professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin . From 1953 he was director of both the Mineralogical-Petrographic Institute and the Mineralogical Museum of the Humboldt University. In 1960 he received the National Prize of the GDR, 2nd class "for his groundbreaking scientific work in the field of theoretical and applied physics, which led in particular to the interpretation of the behavior of crystallized solid bodies during dissolution, crystallization and deformation".

In 1961 he was elected a full member of the German Academy of Sciences in Berlin and in 1963 a member of the Leopoldina .

Kleber made an important contribution to the development of the research area crystallography in the GDR . As early as 1941 he had published his textbook Applied Lattice Physics: Treatment of the Properties of Crystallized Bodies from the Standpoint of Lattice Theory , which appeared in a second edition in 1949. His textbook under the title Introduction to Crystallography from 1956, which was continued after his death in 1970, was published in 20 editions by 2019, the last under the slightly modified title Crystallography: An Introduction . The textbook is considered a classic among textbooks on lattice physics and crystallography.

Textbooks (selection)

  • Will Kleber: Applied lattice physics: treatment of the properties of crystallized bodies from the standpoint of lattice theory . de Gruyter, Berlin 1941 (VII, 175).
  • Will Kleber: Introduction to Crystallography . Verlag Technik, Berlin 1956 (312 pages).
  • Will Kleber, Hans-Joachim Bautsch , Joachim Bohm , Detlef Klimm: Introduction to crystallography . 19th, improved edition. Oldenburg Verlag, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-486-59075-3 (470 pages, limited preview in Google Book Search [accessed August 20, 2019]). The excerpt from Google Books is comparatively detailed for this edition .
  • Will Kleber, Joachim Bohm, Detlef Klimm, Manfred Mühlberg, Björn Winkler: Crystallography: An Introduction . 20th, expanded edition. de Gruyter, Berlin 2019, ISBN 978-3-11-046023-0 (XX, 400 pages). Release date: April 2020


From the German Crystallographic which is since 2008 Will-adhesive commemorative awarded for outstanding contributions in selected fields of crystallography.

A mineral newly discovered in the 1970s was named kleberite in his honor .


Web links

Commons : Will Kleber  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. New Germany . October 7, 1960, p. 5 .
  2. Winner of the Will Kleber commemorative coin. German Society for Crystallography, accessed on April 18, 2015 .