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Vegetation History and Archaeobotany

, Volume 17, Supplement 1, pp 1–2 | Cite as

In memoriam Dr. Maria Hopf: 13th September 1914 to 24th August 2008

  • Felix Bittmann
  • Karl-Ernst Behre
  • On behalf of the International Work Group for Palaeoethnobotany and the editorial board of Vegetation History and Archaeobotany
Obituary

Maria Hopf, one of the pioneers of European archaeobotany, passed away on the 24th of August 2008, a short time before her 94th birthday. Born on September 13th 1914 in Wettin, near Halle a.d. Saale, she studied botany from 1941 to 1944 and obtained her doctorate in 1947 with a thesis on soil microbes. First working in plant physiology and phytopathology, she started with studies on the anatomy of recent wheat glumes and grains in 1952–1956 at the Max-Planck-Institut für Züchtungsforschungin Berlin-Dahlem. Here she was inspired by Elisabeth Schiemann, who introduced her also to the history of cultivated plants. Then she moved to the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM) in Mainz, where she worked for one year, still paid by the Max-Planck Society, becoming part of the staff of the RGZM in 1957 as a scientific assistant and since May 1961 as head of the division for archaeobotany which was formed by herself. Beside her own research, students from various countries visited her and...

References

  1. Körber-Grohne U (1979) Maria Hopf zum 65. Geburtstag. Archaeo-Physika 8. Rheinland-Verlag, KölnGoogle Scholar
  2. Zohary D, Hopf M (2000) Domestication of plants in the Old World. The origin and spread of cultivated plants in West Asia, Europe and the Nile Valley, 3rd edn. Clarendon Press, OxfordGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Felix Bittmann
    • 1
  • Karl-Ernst Behre
    • 1
  • On behalf of the International Work Group for Palaeoethnobotany and the editorial board of Vegetation History and Archaeobotany
  1. 1.Lower Saxony Institute for Historical Coastal ResearchWilhelmshavenGermany

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