Ferdinand Seeland was a well-known Austrian professor, mineral collector and mountaineer in Carinthia. He studied at Schemnitz and Leoben, where he was later Assistant Professor for Geology and Paleontology. In 1866 he served as Mine Director in Lölling (type locality for löllingite), and in 1869 was appointed Mine Inspector in Klagenfurt. In 1888 he rose to the post of Chief Mine Director for the Austrian Dept. of Mines, and was elected Oberbergrat. He was a co-founder of the Carinthian Regional Museum (Kärntner Landesmuseum) and served as President of the Carinthian Museum Association. There is even a street named (Ferdinand Seeland Strasse) after him today in Klagenfurt, Austria. Following his death his large and famous mineral collection was broken up, part of it sold to the collecter Moritz Lechner in Vienna and the rest distributed through various dealers.
FITZ, O. (1993) Eine Sammlung Erzählt. Sonderhelt 1, Mitteilungen des Institutes für Bodenforschung und Baugeologie, Abteilung Baugeologie, Universität für Bodenkultur, Vienna, 80 pages.
MEIXNER, H. (1972) Eines großen Bergmannes, Ferdinand Seelands, Wirken für Kärnten. Carinthia II, 162., 321-326.
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