H. Walter Lack

phone 
+49 30 838 50136
fax 
+49 30 838-4 50136
email 
h.w.lack@bgbm.org
lack@zedat.fu-berlin.de
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem
Freie Universität Berlin
Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8
14195
Berlin
Deutschland
Tasks 
apl. Professor am Fachbereich Biologie, Freie Universität Berlin
Leiter des Bibliotheksbereichs 10, Freie Universität Berlin bis August 2014
Abteilungsleiter Wissenskommunikation bis August 2014
Curriculum vitae 

Born in Vienna (Austria) 1949. Studies of Biology at Universität Wien, Dr.phil., Universität Wien 1973, Assitant, Universität Salzburg 1973 - 1975, A.v.Humboldt-Fellow, Universität München, 1975; Curator, Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Senior Curator, since 1990 Director at the Botanic Garden & Botanic Museum and Professor; since 1991 apl. Professor at Fachbereich Biologie, Freie Universität Berlin. Professore di contratto, Università di Palermo 1994, Visiting Professor at University of Coimbra (2003), Patras (1998, 2002), Pisa (2001, 2004).

Research interests 
  • History of plant taxonomy
  • Asteraceae (Lactuceae; Inuleae)
  • Botanical illustration
Research projects 
  • The Redouté Brothers - the painted record of nature
  • The Flora Brasiliensis storyAkademie der gemeinnützigen Wissenschaften, Erfurt
Honours and awards 
1981 Cross of Honour Litteris et artibus of the Republic of Austria
1996 Great Cross of Merits of the Republic of Austria
Sibthorp Medal, University of Oxford, 2001
Buchpreis der Deutschen Gartenbaugesellschaft, 2001
Engler Medal, in Silver, der International Association for Plant Taxonomy, 2001
2001 Foreign Member of the Linnean Society, London
OPTIMA Medal in Silver, 2001
2002 Visiting Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford
15th Ramsbottom Lecture, Florenz, 2003
2007 Cross of Honour Litteris et artibus 1st Class of the Republic of Austria
Founders’ Medal, Society for the History of Natural History, London, 2009
2015 – Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
2016 - Preis der Stadt Baden bei Wien für Wissenschaft und Forschung
2017 Stafleu Medal der International Association for Plant Taxonomy
2017 Peter Raven Award der American Society for Plant Taxonomy
2017 Annual Literature Award des Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries
Editorships 
Member of the Editorial Board of Willdenowia
Mandates in scientific advisory boards and committees 
Advisory Board, Pueckler Gesellschaft, Berlin
Editorial Board, Quaderni di Botanica Ambientale e Applicata, Palermo
Editorial Board, Biodiversity. Research and Conservation, Pozna
General Committee, International Association for Plant Taxonomy
Memberships in scientific societies 
Akademie der Wissenschaften, Göttingen
Akademie der gemeinnützigen Wissenschaften, Erfurt
International Association for Plant Taxonomy, Bratislava
International Council of Museums, Paris
International Council of Monuments and Sites, Paris
Society for the History of Natural History, London
Organization for the Phytotaxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean Area, Palermo
American Society for Plant Taxonomy, San Francisco
Zoologisch-botanische Gesellschaft, Wien
Pückler-Gesellschaft, Berlin
Förderkreis naturkundlicher Museen, Berlin
Gesellschaft für Natur- und Heilkunde, Berlin