Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt

Entomology I


The Section of Entomology was founded in 1822 by four entomologically interested citizens of Frankfurt under the chairmanship of CARL VON HEYDEN (1793-1866). The collections were maintained by volunteers until 1919, when a part time curator position was created, filled by the world renowned lepidopterologist ADALBERT SEITZ (1869-1938). After his death in 1938, ELLI FRANZ (1896-1983) received the sections first full time position. After her retirement the Section of Entomology was subdivided into four independent sections in the years 1967 and 1969. Section Entomology I, founded in 1967, was led by RICHARD ZUR STRASSEN until his retirement in 1992, when DAMIR KOVAC became his successor.

A survey of the history of Section Entomology I is given by ELLI FRANZ (Senck. biol., Sonderheft B, 48: 55-72, 1967) and RICHARD ZUR STRASSEN (175 Jahre Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft, Jubiläumsband 2, Sektion Entomologie I, 87-95, 1994).