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Alfred Hettner

Alfred Hettner

German geomorphologist
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Occupations Geographer University teacher Geomorphologist
Countries Germany
A.K.A. Alfred Hermann Hettner
Gender male
Birth August 6, 1859 (Dresden)
Death August 31, 1941 (Heidelberg)
Family
Father: Hermann Theodor Hettner
Education University of Strasbourg
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Alfred Hettner (August 6, 1859 in Dresden – August 31, 1941 in Heidelberg) was a German geographer.

He is known for his concept of chorology, the study of places and regions, a concept that influenced both Carl O. Sauer and Richard Hartshorne. Apart from Europe, his field work concentrated mainly on Colombia, Chile and Russia.

Alfred Hettner, who obtained his PhD from the University of Strasbourg, was also a pupil of Ferdinand von Richthofen and Friedrich Ratzel in Leipzig—where he obtained his habilitation. His book Europe was published in 1907. According to him, geography is a chorological science or it is a study of regions. Hettner rejected the view that geography could be either general or regional. Geography like other fields of learning, must deal in both the unique things (regional geography) and with universal (general geography), but the study of regions — especially in the form of his Länderkunde approach — is the main field of geography. Hettner supervised, among others, the PhDs of Oskar Schmieder, Friedrich Metz and Heinrich Schmitthenner.

Literary works

  • Methodische Zeit- und Streitfragen, in: Geographische Zeitschrift, Bd. 29 (1923), S. 49-50
  • Die Geographie, ihre Geschichte, ihr Wesen und ihre Methoden, Breslau, 1927
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http://worldcat.org/identities/lccn-n50-82725
http://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb153859163
http://data.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb153859163
http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n50082725
http://isni.org/isni/0000000083715992
http://www.deutsche-biographie.de/sfz31929.html
http://www.kts.villa-bosch.de/deutsch/presse/hettnerlecture.pdf
https://d-nb.info/gnd/118704273
https://id.ndl.go.jp/auth/ndlna/00536101
https://libris.kb.se/auth/242268
https://viaf.org/viaf/34758435
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