Karl Weyprecht, lithograph
Weyprecht, Karl, b. König (Germany), Sept. 8, 1838, d. Michelstadt (Germany), March 29, 1881, naval officer, battleship lieutenant. Joined the Austrian Navy in 1856; served in the wars of 1859 and 1866 (naval battle at Lissa). His keen interest in natural sciences brought him together with J. von Payer, with whom he went on the Austro-Hungarian North Pole Expedition from 1872-1874. returned safely after their ship, called "Admiral Tegetthof", got stuck in pack-ice. Afterwards engaged in scientific research, from 1879 at the Vienna Meteorological Institute.
Literature: H. Straub, Die Entdeckung des Franz-Josef-Landes, 1993.
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