Baron Franz Nopcsa


Franz Nopcsa in a Shqiptar warrior costume, circa 1913 Carl Pietzner/Metapolisz Images/public domain

Nopcsa lived an adventurous, scholarly life, funded entirely by his family money. He identified dinosaurs, inserted himself into Albanian politics, and wrote volumes and volumes of books and papers. But his life was not entirely charmed.

Holly's Research:

  • Osterloff, Emily. “Franz Nopcsa: the dashing baron who discovered dwarf dinosaurs.” Natural History Museum. Feb. 27, 2019.
  • Weishampel, David B. and Wolf-Ernst Reif. “The Work of FRANZ Baron NOPCSA (1877-1933): Dinosaurs, Evolution and Theoretical Tectonics.” Geologischen Bundesanstalt. August 1984. https://www.zobodat.at/pdf/JbGeolReichsanst_127_0187.pdf
  • Elsie, Robert. “Traveler, Scholar, Political Adventurer: A Transylvanian Baron at the Birth of Albanian Independence, The Memoirs of Franz Nopcsa.” Central European University Press. 2014.
  • Bressan, David. “Baron Nopcsa: More Than Just Transylvanian Dinosaurs.” Scientific American. Sept. 29, 2011. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/history-of-geology/baron-nopcsa-more-than-just-transylvanian-dinosaurs/

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