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* 5.11.1728 Belgrade; + 17.3.1805, Klagenfurt

He was an Austrian theologian, philosopher and naturalist.

Born in Belgrade as the son of Field Marshal Lieutenant Christian Friedrich von Wulfenwurder.

He received his first education in Kaschau (then Hungary) and joined the Jesuit order in 1745.

He studied philosophy, mathematics and theology.

He worked as a teacher from 1755.

In 1773, he devoted himself to scientific research, particularly botany and mineralogy.

In 1799 and 1800, Wulfen took part in Prince-Bishop Salm's expedition for the first ascent of the Grossglockner.

The Eastern Alps were his main research area,

In 1841, the yellow lead ore was named wulfenite in his honor.

Wulfen was a member of the academies and scientific societies of Berlin, Erlangen, Jena, Göttingen, Klagenfurt and Stockholm.

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