Paul Ramdohr

Ramdohr Paul ( born January 1, 1890 in Lingen, † March 8, 1985 in Weinheim ) was a German mineralogist, deposits researcher and a pioneer of ore microscopy.


Paul Carl Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Ramdohr was the great-grandson of Johann Gottlieb Ramdohr (1741 - 1785) from the Ascherslebener branch of the Central German family Ramdohr. Paul Ramdohr was the son of a pharmacist Albert John Paul Ramdohr and the vineyard owner 's daughter, Louise Pauline Ramdohr, born Goebel, born of Westhofen 1890 in Überlingen. After moving to Darmstadt, where his father had in 1901 bought the Unicorn Pharmacy, schooling at the Ludwig - Georg -Gymnasium in Darmstadt and studied at the Ruprecht -Karls- University of Heidelberg from 1909. Paul Ramdohr then received his doctorate in 1919 in Göttingen at Otto Mügge with a dissertation on basalts of the Blue knoll near Eschwege, because the work had been delayed at the doctoral level through its participation in the First World War. A short time later, the habilitation followed with Willy Bruhn with his work on gabbros in the area Böllstein / Brombachtal ( Böllsteiner Odenwald).

After a four- year term as a lecturer in mineralogy and petrography in Clausthal, in which his interest in geology and microscopic examination was awakened by Erzanschliffen and certain his continued work, he followed in 1926 to teach at the Technical University of Aachen, where he received a chair of mineralogy, petrography and Economic Geology. 1929 took Ramdohr the International Geological Congress in Pretoria part and combined this with extensive research trips to South Africa. In 1930 he toured the United States and visited here a number of pits. Australia also was not safe from his scientific curiosity.

This earned him the nickname among other things, " truffle pig " one, which, taking account of his great talent to smell in heaps and pits in rare and beautiful minerals literally. In a keynote speech to the geologist Congress in Pretoria, Professor Shand complained jokingly about the collecting passion of Paul Ramdohr and a related nightmare. Shand said: "He wanted to do with students on an excursion into the bushveld, but had only found a shield with the inscription, Here stood the Bushveld before it took Ramdohr to Germany '. "

1934 left Ramdohr Aachen Technical University, and moved to the Humboldt -Universität zu Berlin. Karl Hugo Strunz was his assistant in Berlin from 1935 to 1950. It was only on April 1, 1941 joined the NSDAP in Ramdohr ( Mitglieds-Nr. 8737087 ).

After rejecting a call to Australia joined Paul Ramdohr 1951 to Heidelberg, where he received the chair of mineralogy at the university, which he held until his retirement in 1958.

Then Ramdohr turned to a new area, the study of meteorites. He carried out these studies at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg by where a group of physicists operating meteorite research. He studied especially the ore microscopy of stony meteorites, discovered several new minerals and the first to describe accurately the paragenesis of many meteoric ore minerals.

A fragment of the found in Australia " Mundrabilla " iron meteorites ( Mundrabilla II) was Paul Ramdohr by a pick up in Adelaide visit because forming German navy ship with the permission of the authorities in the 1960s by Germany. The not quite 6 -ton meteorite was sawn at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg. A slice so arrived to Moscow and further to London for further research.

After the first moon landing, NASA sent him the only German mineralogist moon rocks for analysis.

Paul Ramdohr was married and the father of four sons and one daughter. He died in Weinheim district Hohensachsen and was buried on 13 March 1985 in the foothills of the Odenwald. The City Council and former Mayor of High axles of 2001 - 2004, Otfried Ramdohr (SPD ), is a direct descendant of him.



Friedrich Ahlfeld 1930 describes a new sulfide mineral and is in his honor the name Ramdohrit.

1990 inaugurated a body set up by Professor Kindermann bronze bust in the Mineralogical Institute of Aachen occasion Ramdohrs 100th birthday.

Paul Ramdohr honor donates the German Mineralogical Society (DMG ) DMG annually to young members ( under 32 years ) awarded and endowed with 1,000 Euros Paul Ramdohr price. Between 1992 and 1994, this price was set and paid for by funds from the Paul- Ramdohr Foundation.

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