Dr. h.c. Bernhard Hauff (1866 – 1950)

Bernhard Hauff sen. was the third child of Alwin Hauff and his wife Emma Hauff, née Petri. His mother encouraged him from an early age to search for fossils in the shale excavations and to prepare them.
Working in his father’s quarry he found many fossils, which he prepared himself.

Through painstaking preparation he succeeds in exposing the outline of a 1.2-metre ichthyosaur.

From 1906
He discontinues work in the slate quarry and the commercial processing of slate in his father’s workshop and concentrates together with his assistants on the preparation of fossils. His work arouses the interest of museums and collections throughout the world.

He publishes his scientific work “Study of the Fossil Finds from Holzmaden in the Posidonia Shale of the Upper Lias of Württemberg”.
For this work and for his contribution to the preparation of ichthyosaurs with soft tissue, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Tübingen.

He builds the first Hauff Museum together with his son.

Professor Dr. Bernhard Hauff (1912 – 1990)

Bernhard Hauff jun. was the fifth child of Dr. h.c. Bernhard Hauff and his wife Clara Hauff, née Elwert.

He gains experience in his father’s workshop and at the slate quarry.

He studies geology in Tübingen, Kiel and Munich.

He attains his doctorate in Tübingen.

Together with his father, he sets up the first museum and devises the didactic programme for the exhibition.

He publishes the “Holzmaden Book”, a richly illustrated popular scientific work on the fossils from the Posidonia shale strata of Holzmaden.

He constructs the main building of today’s Urweltmuseum Hauff in Holzmaden.

The title of Professor is bestowed on him by the Minister President of Baden-Württemberg.

Rolf Bernhard Hauff (born 1953)

Rolf Bernhard Hauff was born on 21st July 1953 as the third child of Bernhard Hauff and his wife Marianne Hauff, née Feucht.

From 1974
He studies geology in Tübingen.
Since that time he has been author and co-author of several scientific publications on fossils from the shale strata of Holzmaden.

He revises the Holzmaden Book, which he publishes together with his father.

His principal activities are the preparation of fossils and administration of the museum.

He establishes the Bernhard Hauff Foundation together with his father.

Construction and expansion of the Urweltmuseum Hauff to become the largest privately run natural history museum in Germany, followed by planning of the museum’s didactic programme.

He constructs the Dino Park on the museum’s outdoor premises.

Redevelopment of the invertebrate exhibition.

The museum exhibition is fitted with new LED lighting.

R. B. Hauff has been Director of the Urweltmuseum Hauff in Holzmaden since 1990.

You can expect many interesting events in the anniversary year 2012.