History of the Geological Survey

 

 

Bust of a man with beard on a pedestal.
Carrara marble bust of Wilhelm Haidinger made by Hannes Gasser.
© Geological Survey of Austria / Andreas Ortag

1849

Foundation of the „k.k. Geologische Reichsanstalt“ by Emperor Franz Joseph on 15th of November.

Wilhelm HAIDINGER becomes first director.


A street where a large garden and an old palace lie.
Rasumofsky Palace

1852

Removal to Rasumofsky Palace (Rasumofskygasse 23).


Portrait of a man with full beard. Golden, ornate picture frame.
Franz von Hauer, second director. Painting by Hans Canon. Oil on canvas (1885).
© Geological Survey of Austria / Andreas Ortag

1866

Franz von HAUER becomes second director.


1870

Rasumofsky Palace was aquired by the state.


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Dionys Stur. Carrara Marbel bust by Josef Moser (1893).
© Geological Survey of Austria / Andreas Ortag

1885

Dionys STUR becomes third director.


1891

The first pressed Geological Specialmap 1:75,000 (sheet Olmütz) is published.


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Guido Stache

1893

Guido STACHE becomes fourth director.


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Emil Tietze

1901

Emil TIETZE becomes director.


1903

The 9th International Geological Congress (IGC) is held in Vienna.


1919

After the end of the Habsburg monarchy, the Survey is called: „Geologische Staatsanstalt“.


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Georg Geyer

1920

Georg GEYER becomes director.


1922

The „Geologische Staatsanstalt“ is from now on the: „Geologische Bundesanstalt“.


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Wilhelm Hammer

1923

Wilhelm HAMMER becomes director.


1933

Hermann VETTERS edits the „Geologische Karte der Republik Österreich 1:500.000“.


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Otto Ampferer

1935

Otto AMPFERER becomes director.


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Heinrich Beck

1937

Gustav GÖTZINGER becomes director.

Heinrich BECK becomes „kommissarischer Leiter“ of the Survey.


1938/1939

The new name is: „Geologische Landesanstalt für Österreich“


1939

The Survey becomes as „Zweigstelle Wien“ part of the „Reichsstelle (later „Reichsamt“) für Bodenforschung“ in Berlin (Germany).


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Franz Lotze

1941

Franz LOTZE becomes head resp. director.


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Gustav Götzinger

1945

Gustav GÖTZINGER becomes director again.

Start of reconstruction of the building.


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Heinrich Küpper

1950

Heinrich KÜPPER becomes director.

100th anniversary


1955

Reconstruction of Rasumofsky Place is finished.


1961

Geological map of Austria 1:1,000.000 (by Peter BECK-MANNAGETTA) is published.


1964/1970

Several UNESCO-Post-Graduate-Courses at the Geological Survey.


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Anton Ruttner

1970

Anton W. RUTTNER becomes director.


1973

Start of IT at the Geological Survey.


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Felix Ronner

1974

Felix RONNER becomes director.


1978

Reorganisation of the Geological Survey.


1980

The Geological Survey publishes „Der Geologische Aufbau Österreichs“ (ed. by Rudolf OBERHAUSER).


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Traugott E. Gattinger

1983

Traugott E. GATTINGER becomes director.


1986

A new periodical, „Berichte der Geologischen Bundesanstalt“, starts.


1987

The „Geochemical Atlas from 1:1,000,000“ is published.


1989

Start to complete IT-Services at the Geological Survey.


1993

Hans Peter SCHÖNLAUB becomes director


1997

The „Metallogenetic Map of Austria 1:500,000“ is published.


1999

150th anniversary of the Geological Survey.

„Rocky Austria“ is published.

 


A car in the foreground which reflects the building of the Geological Survey, which is in the background.
The Geological Survey in Neulinggasse.
© Geological Survey of Austria / Lois Lammerhuber

2005

Removal into the new building at Neulinggasse 38.


2007-2009

„International Year of the Planeth Earth“ (IYPE)


2009

Peter SEIFERT becomes director.