Document Type: Research Paper
Plant Pests & Diseases Research Institute, P. O. Box 1454, Tehran 19395, Iran
Karl Heinz Rechinger was born on October 16, 1906 at Vienna (Austria). He was the only son of Dr. Karl Rechinger and Rosa Elisabeth Rechinger née Favarger. His father was also a plant taxonomist. The principal focus of K.H. Rechinger was flora writing. He was the author of Flora Aegaea and founder and editor of "Flora Iranica". In 1929, Rechinger started to work as an unpaid volunteer in the Department of Botany at Natural History Museum of Vienna. He has collected plants in all five continents, mainly in the Balkan Peninsula and south west Asia. During 1930-36, he had excursions in south of Europe in Croatia, Dalmatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia and Italy. Rechinger was promoted Doctor of Philosophy on May 15, 1931 in ViennaUniversity. In 1927, he set out his first great botanical excursion to Greece. Rechinger had ten expeditions during 1937-77 in "Flora Iranica" area. His first voyage to Iran was in 1937, before World War II, by invitation of Dr. Erwin Gauba, Professor of botany in Agricultural College of Karaj.