Franz Oberwinkler

Franz Oberwinkler (22 May 1939 in Bad Reichenhall, Upper Bavaria – 15 March 2018 in Tübingen[1]) was a German mycologist, specialising in the fungal morphology, ecology and phylogeny of basidiomycetes.

Franz Oberwinkler
Born22 May 1939 (1939-05-22)
Died15 March 2018(2018-03-15) (aged 78)
Alma materLudwig Maximilian University of Munich
Known forBasidiomycete mycology
AwardsIMA de Bary medal 2010
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorJosef Poelt
Author abbrev. (botany)Oberw.

Oberwinkler earned his PhD in 1965 at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich studying under Josef Poelt. From 1967 to 1974 he was a research assistant and lecturer at the Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Munich, becoming professor in 1972. Between 1968–1969 Oberwinkler was Scientific Expert of the Food and Agriculture Organization at the Instituto Forestal Latino-Americano in Mérida, Venezuela.

In 1974 he was appointed as successor to Karl Mägdefrau as Chair of Systematic Botany and Mycology at the University of Tübingen and from 1974 until his retirement in 2008 he was head of the University's botanic garden, Botanischer Garten der Universität Tübingen.[2] In 2002 he became the founding editor-in-chief of the academic journal, Mycological Progress. Between 1962 and 2010 he authored and co-authored 340 publications. Oberwinkler retired in 2008 becoming professor emeritus of the university's 'Organismic Botany Group' and he continued as editor-in-chief of the journal.[3]

He was the recipient of several awards, including the de Bary medal of the International Mycological Association (IMA) in 2010.[4] Several fungal taxa are named in his honour including the species Amanita oberwinklerana,[5] Sphaerobasidioscypha oberwinkleri,[6] Thecaphora oberwinkleri,[7] Uromyces oberwinklerianus,[8] and the genera Oberwinkleria[9] and Oberwinklerozyma.[10] He was a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters from 1995.[11]

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  1. ^ Todesanzeige Tübinger Tagblatt
  2. ^ "Institut für Evolution und Ökologie der Universität Tübingen" (in German). Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Franz Oberwinkler". University of Tübingen. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  4. ^ Hawksworth, David L, ed. (December 2010). "IMA Medals awarded at IMC9 - De Bary Medal: Franz Oberwinkler" (PDF). IMA Fungus. IMA. 1 (2): 15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  5. ^ Yang ZL, Doi Y (1999). "A contribution to the knowledge of Amanita (Amanitaceae, Agaricales) in Japan". Bulletin of the National Science Museum Tokyo. 25 (3): 107–130.
  6. ^ Agerer R. (1983). "Typusstudien an cyphelloiden Pilzen IV. Lachnellula Fr. s.l". Mitteilungen aus der Botanischen Staatssammlung München (in German). 19: 164–33 (see p. 298).
  7. ^ Vánky K. (1988). "Taxonomical studies on Ustilaginales. II". Mycotaxon. 32: 245–251.
  8. ^ Berndt R. (2004). "A checklist of Costa Rican rust fungi". In Agerer R, Piepenbring M, Blanz P (eds.). Frontiers in Basidiomycote Mycology. IHW-Verlag. pp. 185–236 (see p. 233). ISBN 3-930167-57-3.
  9. ^ Vánky K, Bauer R (1995). "Oberwinkleria, a new genus of Ustilaginales". Mycotaxon. 53: 361–8.
  10. ^ Wang, Q.-M.; Yurkov, A.M.; Göker, M.; Lumbsch, H.T.; Leavitt, S.D.; Groenewald, M.; Theelen, B.; Liu, X.-Z.; Boekhout, T.; Bai, F.-Y. (2015). "Phylogenetic classification of yeasts and related taxa within Pucciniomycotina". Studies in Mycology. 81: 149–189. doi:10.1016/j.simyco.2015.12.002. PMC 4777780. PMID 26951631.
  11. ^ "Utenlandske medlemmer" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Archived from the original on 15 July 2007. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  12. ^ International Plant Names Index.  Oberw.