Encyclopedia of World Biography. Vitoria- Zworykin by Paula K. Byers, Suzanne Michele Bourgoin

By Paula K. Byers, Suzanne Michele Bourgoin

Offers short biographical sketches which supply important facts in addition to details at the significance of the individual indexed.

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Hugo de Vries Hugo de Vries (1848-1935), Dutch botanist and geneticist, is the author of the mutation theory of evolution. His work led to the rediscovery and establishment of Mendel’s laws. H ugo de Vries was born on Feb. 16, 1848, in Haarlem. His father had been prime minister of the Netherlands. After studying at the universities of Leiden, Heidelberg, and Wu¨rzburg, De Vries was appointed a lecturer in botany at the University of Amsterdam in 1871. In 1878 he became professor of botany, a position he retained until his retirement in 1918.

Gerhard von Rad The German theologian Gerhard von Rad (19011971) developed the ‘‘tradition history’’ approach to the Old Testament that has dominated the study of the Bible for nearly 40 years. G erhard von Rad was born to a patrician medical family in Nu¨rnberg on October 21, 1901. After studying theology at Erlangen and Tu¨bingen, he served briefly as a pastor in a Bavarian church before preparing himself to teach Old Testament. On completing a dissertation on Das Gottesvolk im Deuteronomium (The People of God in Deuteronomy), he took a teaching position at Erlangen.

One may also consult Crenshaw, ‘‘Wisdom in Israel, by Gerhard von Rad,’’ Religious Studies Review 2 (1976). : Hendrickson Publishers, 1978, 1991. Ⅺ Balthazar Johannes Vorster Balthazar Johannes Vorster (1915-1983) was a South African political leader who emerged as a major figure in Afrikaner nationalism. Noted as a rightwing figure, he was passionately hostile to liberalism and communism. B althazar Vorster was born on April 11, 1915, in the rural area of Jamestown in the Eastern Province. He attended school there and subsequently entered Stellenbosch University as a law student.

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