Born in Thuringia, Germany, on 28 April 1900, died, probably in Jena, Germany, on 7 April 1983.
Studied in Jena 1919-1920, and in Berlin 1926-1928 (as a student of Diels), where he submitted a dissertation Analytische Studie über die Beziehungen der Phanerogamenflora von Arnhemsland (Nord-australien), published in Beitr. Syst. Pfl.-Geogr. 5, Beih. Repert. Sp. Nov. 51: 59-113 (1928). Later visiting professor in Turkey (1931-1934); director of the Haussknecht Herbarium and professor of botany at Jena (1946-1970). His main herbarium is at JE, with other material (probably not Australian collections) at ANK, B and KIEL.
Extracted from: A.E.Orchard (1999) A History of Systematic Botany in Australia, in Flora of Australia Vol.1, 2nd ed., ABRS. [consult for source references]