Biografía de Josef Popper-Lynkeus

¿Quién fue Josef Popper-Lynkeus?

Josef from Thal, as he was known at theWaldviertel in Weitersfeld, Josef Popper-Lynkeus was born on the 6 October 1838, the son of Nikolaus Popper-Lynkeus, who worked as a farm laborer in the district of Weitersfeld. Only the baptismal certificate bears surname “Popper”, which was later changed to Popper-Lynkeus. The mother died at Josef’s birth; the father became remarried.

The Catholic religion was dominant, but the family educated their children in all four religions to counter mandatory religious schooling in primary school. Josef and his sister Maria were still close and maintained good correspondence, even later in their lives. Josef completed four years of elementary education and experimented intensively with natural history and technical microbiology curiosity and creativity.

Following his graduation on April 3, 1855, he worked a set of farms and mills on the Thalbach as keeper and as a responsible farm servant. He also continued his medical degree and worked with Quelle mineral springs and crops. He lived in Vienna from 1865, he was an assistant for Professor Ernst Wilhelm von Brücke. In 1866 he continued his studies living in Brno, where he completed his doctoral degree. In 1868 he attended the Academy of Fine Arts to learn the art of molding and modeling of intangible bodies.

In the years 1868-1869 he worked for Dr. Schleichs in Schlesien marking varicose veins. From 1869-1871 he worked for Dr. Rohrbach in Vienna. In September 1871 he took over the practice of Dr. Oppe in Leobersdorf. He was not allowed to perform surgeries on this day, so he began to work as a civil engineer.

Between 1872 and 1873 he studied at the Technologisches Institut in Wien to complete his degree as an engineer, but he did not get his engineering degree. However, he began working as a civil engineer the following year and became the technical representative at the court.

Between 1873 and 1878 he built a gasworks in Leobersdorf and a district of Vienna for its construction. For the gasworks he created high towers, which were realized in 1874. He also built in that year the Adalbert School, in Biedermannshof Gasse.

In 1874 he married his wife, Margaret Lowe.Josef Popper-Lynkeus’ business venture failed in 1878. Josef Popper-Lynkeus himself fell ill in 1874 and 1878, which depressed him. In September 1878 joined the Vienna Industrial Exhibition, where he presented a convection heater and a stoneware kiln with gas as an energy source, for the kiln he won two medals.

During his stay at the Vienna Industrial Exhibition, he was in contact with Anna Krippendorff, who influenced him on various issues, including the topic of ideas. In 1881 he decided to live in Vienna on Neustiftgasse, where he knew the family Eröd. In same year married Margarete Lohé after her first marriage ended in a divorce. In 1882 his wife Grete gave birth to their son Carl Popper-Lynkeus, who was born in Graz. Carl later became famous as a novelist.

Josef Popper-Lynkeus died 24 September 1906 at age 67 years in Vienna..

Escrito por: Gonzalo Jiménez

Licenciado en Filosofía en la Universidad de Granada (UGR), con Máster en Filosofía Contemporánea en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)
Desde 2015, se ha desempeñado como docente universitario y como colaborador en diversas publicaciones Académicas, con artículos y ensayos. Es aficionado a la lectura de textos antiguos y le gustan las películas y los gatos.