The German winegrower and pomologist Hermann Goethe (1837-1911) attended the Agricultural Academy in Hohenheim. After that he was from the year 1860 senior gardener at the Pomological Institute (fruit) in Reutlingen, from 1862 director of the Agricultural Horticulture School in Obergoblitz near Dresden, from 1865 teacher of horticulture at the horticultural school in Karlsruhe and finally from 1869 head of the pomological gardens in Geisenheim, As a migrant teacher he founded in 1872 the fruit and wine school Marburg (Maribor in today Slovenia ) and converted it into a trend-setting model institute. Here he selected the famous Unterlagsrebe named after him Goethe Rupestris No. 9,
As managing director of the association for the protection of the Austrian viticulture he organized the fight against the phylloxera and later became president of the club. He was also co-founder of the Austrian Viticulture Congresses, the first of which took place in 1876 in Marburg (then Austria-Hungary). From the year 1886 Hermann Goethe was a Privatdozent at the University of Applied Sciences in Wien Two years later he became the head of the biological experimental station for viticulture and the manager and vice president of the "Association for the Protection of Austrian Viticulture" to bathe (Lower Austria).
He tried with success, as a distinguishing feature for the time mainly on morphological Properties based determination of varieties the angle between the veins of the leaves to eat. He wrote two works about it, including the findings of many scientists and wine-growing professionals. These were "Ampelographisches Wörterbuch" (1876) and the standard manual "Handbook of the ampelography "(1878 and 1887). As part of this discipline, he was managing director of the International Ampelographic Commission from 1873 to 1882. Together with his brother Rudolf Goethe (1843-1911) published in 1873 the "Atlas of the most valuable grape varieties for the viticulture of Germany and Austria". He also published a forerunner of the still existing Austrian magazine "Der Winzer".
H. Goethe: University Library and University Archive of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Wien
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