Wilfried Schlosser was born in Zwettl, Austria on June 26, 1939, the son of Camilla and Dr, Friedrich Schlosser, a judge. As a young boy he began collecting quartz crystals in the Austrian Alps, and developed a life-long interest in mineral collecting. He earned his Engineering Degree (Dipl. Ing.) in Water and Environmental Management from Vienna University (Bodenkultur) in 1968, while also taking mineralogy courses, and furthered his credentials in Engineering at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg in 1974. He immediately took a position in Tsumeb, South-West Africa (Namibia) from 1974-1976, where he was involved in building the Tsumeb Museum (see his article on the museum in the Mineralogical Record). Since then he has built a career as a Senior Civil Engineer working in Program Management specializing in infrastructure, environmental health, and development, relief (humanitarian assistance) and reconstruction projects including food security in disaster stricken countries, funded through International Aid Agencies.
His interest in minerals has led him to take water-management positions on countries with mineral collecting potential, including Afghanistan, Botswana, Ethiopia, Iran, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria (where he discovered a rare-earth pegmatite in 1978), Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Australia, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, and the United Kingdom. He has served since 2001 as Program Director for the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan, in the Water and Sanitation Extension Program, while collecting minerals in the Karakorum, Hindukush and Western Himalayan Mountains, occasionally supplying interesting specimens to the Natural History Museum in Vienna..
Herr Schlosser maintains a large systematic mineral collection of mostly miniature-size specimens (up to 3 x 6 cm) and specialty collections of miniature to hand-size specimens from Tsumeb, Laurium, Austria, Pakistan and neighboring countries. A large portion of his Tsumeb collection was sold to South African collector Uli Bahmann in 2000, and some of those specimens later found their way into the Marshall Sussman collection in Tucson. He is married, with five children, and maintains a residence on Laxenburgerstrasse in Vienna while working in Pakistan. He can be reached by email in either place at email@example.com.
SCHLOSSER, W. (1979) A museum for Tsumeb. Mineralogical Record, 10, 116-118.
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