Willi Scharf

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Willi Scharf (born February 10, 1896 in Dortmund , † September 1, 1971 in Mürzzuschlag ) was a German geologist .


On August 9, 1914, Scharf passed his Abitur at the city high school in Halle / Saale . Two days later he was appointed to the Magdeburg Jäger Battalion No. 4 in Naumburg (Saale) . After the First World War, Scharf became charg on March 31, 1920. First lieutenant released from the Reichswehr . This was followed by university studies at the universities in Halle / Saale and Munich . On March 19, 1924 he received his doctorate in natural sciences under Johannes Walther at the University of Halle / Saale. In his dissertation he made a contribution to the geology of the hard coal region in the southern Harz .

On May 23, 1925, Scharf passed the first state examination at the Prussian State Geological Institute in Berlin and was accepted as a probationary geologist on October 15, 1925. The second state examination followed on March 5, 1928, and on April 1, 1928, he was accepted as an extraordinary geologist. On April 20, 1935, Scharf was appointed Prussian district geologist. For the state institute he edited various sheets of the Prussian geological map. Scharf also prepared the building geological documents for the north lock in Bremerhaven and was the motorway geologist responsible for the Elbing-Königsberg route .

On August 17, 1938, Scharf was transferred to the Vienna branch of the Reich Office for Soil Research . On June 26, 1940, he was transferred to the Posen office of the Reich Office. On June 21, 1941 he was drafted into the Wehrmacht , in which he served until the end of World War II.

On August 1, 1945 he returned to Neuberg an der Mürz , where he worked as a freelance geologist from then on. From 1949 to 1955 he was a consultant to the Styrian state government for geological issues in river engineering, torrent control, cultural engineering, water supply and building site and road construction appraisals. On March 1, 1955, he moved to southern Germany, where he then worked as a freelance technical geologist. In 1965 he finally moved to Upper Styria, where he continued to work as a freelancer.

On September 1, 1971, Scharf died in the hospital in Mürzzuschlag from a momentary heart failure. He was buried in Neuberg an der Mürz. Scharf was a long-time member of the Geological Society in Vienna.

Willi Scharf's father Otto Scharf was real. Go Oberbergrat , Oberbergamtsdirektor and Berghauptmann as well as founder and for 18 years head of the Halle association for the research of central German mineral resources and their utilization . Scharf married Herta, born Völkel, on June 6, 1929 in Mürzzuschlag. The couple had two children.


  • Contribution to the geology of the coal region in the southern Harz . Halle / Saale: Knapp, 1924.
  • together with Otto Schneider : Guide through the museums of the Prussian Geological State Institute - graphite department . Berlin: Prussian Geological State Institute, 1933. DNB 365876046
  • together with Wilhelm Dienemann (contribution in the yearbook of the Prussian Geological State Institute): On the question of the modern coastal subsidence on the German North Sea coast . Berlin: Prussian Geological State Institute, 1931.
  • involved in: Geological map of Prussia and neighboring states . Berlin: Prussian Geological State Institute. DNB 560612230

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