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Franz Xaver von Wulfen
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Baron Franz Xaver von Wulfen (born 5 November 1728 in Belgrade; died 16 March 1805 in Klagenfurt) was a botanist, mineralogist, alpinist, and Jesuit priest. He is credited with discovering Wulfenia carinthiaca and Wulfenite, a form of lead.
His father, Christian Friedrich von Wulfen, was a high-ranking lieutenant in the Austrian Army. Franz's education took place at Kaschau Gymnasium in present-day Košice, Slovakia. When he was 17, he joined a Jesuit school in Vienna and following his graduation he became a school instructor. By 1763 he was officially a priest.
To find specimens, Wulfen frequently hiked up the Großglockner. In 1781, he published his studies in the well-illustrated Plantae rariorum Carinthicae (Rare Plants of Carinthia).
A monument in Klagenfurt, erected in 1838, honors him, describing him as "equally great as priest, scholar and man". The genus "Wulfenia" was named in his honor.
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