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A Celebration of Horst Seidler on His Sixtieth Birthday

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  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Biology
  • Psychology


Schaefer.vp Coll. Antropol. 28 Suppl. 2 (2004) 3–6 Editorial preface A Celebration of Horst Seidler on His Sixtieth Birthday Katrin Schaefer, Gerhard W. Weber and Harald Wilfing Institute for Anthropology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria Horst Seidler’s curriculum vitae re- minds the anthropologist of the early de- scriptions of human evolution, or, better, it is like the classic »hero myth«. The brave warrior sets out on his journey, seeks and faces and masters challenges along the way, and triumphs at the end. The heroic saga is a parable for Seidler’s scientific career that touches on several aspects of his personality: a deep emo- tional involvement with his aims, enthu- siasm and an almost frightening thirst for action, an outstanding drive to realize his ideas in his own way, and, above all, a great, courageous heart. We authors, his former students, were initially ensnared by an additional quality of his: the incom- parable rhetoric. Despite the fact that he lectures mornings at 7, preferably on Sat- urdays, even the largest lecture hall is full. These purely personal characteris- tics underlie all of Seidler’s national and international achievements. Let us ex- plain. Born July 26, 1944, in Vienna, Horst Seidler studied at the University of Vi- enna in four areas — anthropology, medi- cine, psychology, and statistics – to which he remains devoted and all of which he has promoted over the course of his ca- reer. He received his Ph.D. on Sexual di- morphism in isolated os coxae in 1972, was appointed reader (venia legendi) for human biology with a Habilitation on So- cial anthropological investigations of re- medial pupils in 1979, and became full professor and head of the Institute for Anthropology at the University of Vienna in July 1984 (so this year of his sixtieth birthday is also the twentieth anniver- sary of that appointment). From 1974 to 1990 Seidler collabo- rated with the late Andreas Rett, profes- sor of childhood and adolescent psychia- try at the

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