Rolf Keilbach (1908-2001)
Rolf Keilbach (* 28. June 1908 in Cottbus, † 24. September 2001 in Greifswald) Was a German Entomologist and Zoologist.
Rolf Keilbach studied natural sciences at the Universities Innsbruck, Göttingen and Hall. Incidentally, he also attended other subjects such as French, for example, Literary History and Classicism. Since his dissertation on the asymmetric wing position in insects, he devoted himself mainly to entomology. Keilbach was an assistant at the Institute of Geology and Palaeontology University of Konigsberg and subsequently to the experts in Amber enclosed fossil Insects. During a frontal Keilbach to leave his habilitation in 1943 to about The fulgoriden Cicadas of the Baltic amber. During the early postwar years was his textbook for pest control, which should reach a circulation of 100,000 copies. In 1949, he initially found work through the Erich Menner founded the Institute for Practical Biology, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg Ostrava. Under the Directorate of Ludwig Freund Keilbach was a lecturer in 1950 at the Zoological Institute of the University of Halle in 1952 and was a professor of zoology. Just one year later he accepted a call to Greifswald and became Director of the Zoological Institute. He organized the first scientific work on entomological, physiological and Hydrobiology new territory. Accordingly directed the then demand for applied research Keilbach a Department of Applied Entomology, the first by Ulrich Sedlag, Then by Hubert Schumann and from 1960 Lothar Fights was conducted. Even after his retirement in 1973 Keilbach continued to work at the Zoological Institute, where he was on the political change also active until his death in 2001.
The German Society for General and Applied Entomology Keilbach honored in 1995 with the awarding of Fabricius Medal.
Muller-Motzfeld, G. 2002. Beitrage zur Entomologie 52: 271-278, bibliography, portrait.