Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Chrono-Biographical Sketches

Du Rietz, G(ustaf) Einar (Sweden 1895-1967)
botany, ecology, phytogeography

Du Rietz spent his entire professional career at the University of Uppsala in Sweden, where he was well known as the leader of the "Uppsala school" of phytosociology. Among his accomplishments there was co-founding the Societas Phytogeographica Suecana and its journal Acta Phytogeographica Suecica. Du Rietz published most of his writings in Swedish or German, but seemingly reserved English for his most wide-reaching statements, e.g., "The Fundamental Units of Vegetation" (1929), "Factors Controlling the Distribution of Species in Vegetation" (1929), "Classification and Nomenclature of Vegetation" (1930), "The Fundamental Units of Biological Taxonomy" (1930), "Life-forms of Terrestrial Flowering Plants" (1931), and "Problems of Bipolar Plant Distribution" (1940). One of Du Rietz's specialties was lichens.

Life Chronology

--born in Bromma, Sweden, on 25 April 1895.
--1917: B.A., University of Uppsala
--1917-1923: amanuensis at the University of Uppsala
--1921: M.A., University of Uppsala
--1922: Ph.D., University of Uppsala
--1924-1926: curator at the botanical museum, Uppsala
--1926-1927: takes part in botanical expedition to North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Java
--1929: co-founds the Svenska Växtgeografiska Sällskapet (Societas Phytogeographica Suecana)
--1931: publishes "Life-forms of Terrestrial Flowering Plants" in Acta Phytogeographica Suecica
--1931-1934: deputy professor of plant biology, University of Uppsala
--1934-1962: professor of plant biology, University of Uppsala
--1940: publishes "Problems of Bipolar Plant Distribution" in Acta Phytogeographica Suecica
--1949: publishes "Huvudenheter och Huvudgränser i Svensk Myrvegetation" in Svensk Botanisk Tidskrift
--1954: publishes "Die Mineralbodenwasserzeigergrenze als Grundlage einer Natürlichen Zweigliederung der Nord- und Mitteleuropäischen Moore" in Vegetatio
--dies at Uppsala, Sweden, on 7 March 1967.

For Additional Information, See:

--Taxonomic Literature, Vol. 4 (1983).
--Taxonomic Literature, Supplement VI (2000).
--Svensk Botanisk Tidskrift, Vol. 96(2) (2002): 123-128. [in Swedish]

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