n Annals of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History - The coleopterologist and specialist on Tenebrionidae Carl Koch (1904–1970) : list of publications - scientific note

Volume 8 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2220-4563


Carl Koch was born on January 6th 1904 in Vienna. He studied philosophy, law and Roman languages in Vienna and Padua. After graduating in law in 1929, the Duke Alessandro delle Torre e Tasso (German: Thurn and Taxis) offered him a post as entomologist at his private insect museum „Pietro Rossi“ in Duino near Trieste in Italy. This was the first decisive turn towards a lifelong devotion to the study of beetles. Already in 1932 he attended the International Entomological Congress in Paris, and also 1935 in Madrid. In 1937, after the death of the Duke, his museum was dissolved. From 1937 until 1948 Koch was engaged in the private Coleoptera Museum „Georg Frey“ in Tutzing near Munich, Germany. He had to participate the Second World War, when he spent several months on the Greek island of Crete. As a positive result of this stay he published a monograph on the Tenebrionidae from this island in 1948.

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