1825 - 1903
Felix Karrer (March 1825 – April 19, 1903) was an Austrian geologist who was born and educated in Vienna.
He was born a nobleman and served in the military but he retired when he was 32 to devote himself to science. His specialty was the Tertiary formations and fossils of the Vienna Basin and he investigated the geological relations of the thermal and other springs in that region. He became an authority on foraminifera, publishing numerous papers and a book titled "Der Eoden der Hauptstadte Europas" (1881). Starting in about 1876, Karrer was a voluntary, unpaid assistant to Aristides Brezina, the head of the Imperial Royal Mineralogical - Petrographical Department of the Museum of Natural History in Vienna. While at the museum, Karrer was secretary of the Wissenschaftlicher Club (Science Club) and the founder of the building-stone collection.
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