Fritz Haas Edit Profile
Doctor’s degree, U. Heidelberg, Germany, 1910.
He specialized in the field of malacology. He was trained in biology by herpetologist Oskar Boettger (1844-1910) and malacologist Wilhelm Kobelt (1840-1916). From 1911 to 1936 he was a curator of invertebrate zoology at the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt am Main.
On June 30, 1936, he was removed from his position at the Senckenberg Museum by the Nazis. From 1938 to 1959 Haas was curator at the department of lower invertebrates at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Haas' specialty involved the study of land and freshwater snails, as well as research of the family Unionidae (freshwater mussels).
Among his better known written works was a 1969 monograph titled Superfamilia Unionacea. He is credited with combining over 4000 names from the family Unionidae into 837 recognized species. Malacological bibliography with 319 entries and 77 generic names and 308 specific (and subspecific) names of molluscs originally described by Fritz Haas provided Alan Solem in 1967.
Taxa named in honor of Fritz Haas include:
Cipangopaludina haasi (Prashad, 1928).
Member American Malacogical Union, Malacological Society Great Britain and Ireland, Deutsche Malakozoologische Gesellschaft, Real Academia de Cienc. Artes (Barcelona), Institute Catalana de Historia Natural, Academy Natural Science Philadelphia.
Married Helene Ganz, March 30, 1922. Children: Ernst Bernhard, Edith Pauline Clara (Mistress Melvin Cornfield).