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Josef Florian  Vogl
(1818-1896)

Josef Florian Vogl, mining officer, was born on November 6, 1818, in Steinschönau (today Kamenický Šenov), Austria (now the Czech Republic), as the fourth of seven children of Eleonora Zahn and ___ Vogl, a second-generation glassware merchant.

He studied in Böhmisch-Leipa (Česká Lípa), Leitmeritz (Litoměřice), and Prague. Beginning in 1838 he studied at the Schemnitz (Banská Štiavnica) Mining Academy and later was employed in the mining office in St. Joachimsthal (Jáchymov). In 1843 he was transferred to the mining office of the Schlaggenwald (Horní Slavkov) tin mines, and in 1850 he moved back to St. Joachimsthal as the mining officer responsible for the western section of the mining district. He lived in a remote mining service house in the forests, next to the Elias mine, which was the largest mine of the western section of the district.

In 1857, Vogl was transferred again to Schlaggenwald as a deputy representing the Mining Office, a post he held until the sale of the state mines and forests in 1868. By that time he and other employees were on pensions. Vogl moved to Bergstadt Platten (Horní Blatná), a town not far from St. Joachimsthal, and since he was popular among the local people, he held the post of mayor for 17 years, and for some time served as a deputy for the district in Parliament.

During seven years in St. Joachimsthal, Vogl and J. Lindacker conducted a dedicated study of the minerals of the district. Largely through self-collecting, he increased the number of minerals known at St. Joachimsthal at that time from 50 to 80 species, including several new minerals. Vogl published a number of mineralogical papers, some of them authored jointly with Wilhelm Haidinger. The mineral voglite was named in his honor by Haidinger in 1853. When Wraný published his book on the development of mineralogy in Bohemia (Die Pflege der Mineralogie in Böhmen) in 1896, Vogl was still alive but by then he had sold his mineral collection some time ago.

The minerals discovered by Vogl contain a wide range of elements, because ore veins in the western part of the district have rather varied mineralization. He missed only a few minerals, e.g., schröckingerite and rösslerite. (It is interesting that rösslerite was overlooked in St. Joachimsthal for generations.) Vogl died on October 1, 1896, in Bergstadt Platten. He appears never to have married.

Reference:
VESELOVSKÝ, F., ONDRUŠ, P., and HORÁK, V. (1997) Who was who? In names of secondary minerals discovered in Jáchymov (Joachimsthal). Journal of the Czech Geological Society, 42 (4), 123-126.
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