emeritus O. Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Horst Seidler

Foto Horst Seidler

emeritus O. Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Horst Seidler

Born July 26, 1944, in Vienna, Horst Seidler studied at the University of Vienna in four areas — anthropology, medicine, psychology, and statistics — to which he remains devoted and all of which he has promoted over the course of his career. He received his Ph.D. on Sexual dimorphism in isolated os coxae in 1972, was appointed reader (uenia legendi) for human biology with a Habilitation on Social anthropological investigations of remedial pupils in 1979, and became full professor and head of the Institute for Anthropology at the University of Vienna in July 1984.


July 2002 Awarding of the Honorary Medal and Presidential Lecture: XXII. World Congress Societé Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopèdique et de Traumatologie, Monte Video, USA
2002 Honorary Cross for Science and Arts First Class, Federal Republic of Austria
2001 Großer Preis der Stadt Wien (highest distinction for Science and Arts of the City of Vienna)
2000 Degree of Honor of the Federal District of Chachapoya, Amazonia, Peru
since 2000 President of the Austrian-Peruvian Friendship Society
since 1999 President of the Austrian-Ethiopian Friendship Society
1999 Honorary medal of the Federal District of Ilo, Peru
1999 awarding of the Gorjanovic Kramberger Medaille
1998 awarding of the Honorary Medal of the European Spine Society
1998 nomination President of the Eismankommission in Bozen by the South-Tyrolean regional government
1997 honorary member Croation Anthropological Society
1996 awarding of the order Tiroler Adler in Gold (in recognition of research relating to the Iceman)
1995 after scientific work on ice mummies (ampato-mummies) in Peru appointment as Prof. honoris causa at the University Arequipa, Peru
1992 corresponding member of Austrian Academy of Science
1984 appointed full professor and head of Institute of Human Biology, University of Vienna
1981 appointed extra-ordinary professorship
1974-1990 scientific collaborator of Univ. Prof. Dr. ANDREAS RETT, Dept. of developmentally inhibited children at Neurologisches Krankenhaus Rosenhügel, Wien; installation of human-genetic laboratory; work on syndrome diagnosis; a consequence was the publication of the textbook Das hirngeschädigte Kind (last edition 1996 in Portugal); co-authorship of two books with RETT: Anthropologie und Nationalsozialismus
1968-1972 scientific assistant at the Institute of Human Biology, University of Vienna; appointed readership (venia legendi) for human biology (all specialties) with the Habilitation: Social anthropological investigations of remedial students

Academic Functions

since 2012 Professor emeritus
Dean of the Department of Life Sciences
1998–2000 Dean for Study Affairs at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
since 1997 Chairman of Universitätsprofessorenverband Wien (Union of University Professors in Vienna)
since 1987 Chairman of Professorenkurie and der naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Wien (Curia of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Vienna)
1987-1999 Chairman of Fachgruppenkommission Biowissenschaften (subject-specific commission biological sciences): human biology, zoology, plant physiology, molecular genetics, molecular microbiology, ecology, paleontology, botany
1981-1999 Head of the Institute of Human Biology, University of Vienna (as of Jan. 1, 2000 renamed Department of Anthropology)

Organising Activities

2002 4th Phillip V. Tobias Lectures on Human Evolution: 25th Anniversary of the Bodo Skull, National Museum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2000 3rd Zumtobel Lectures: Missing Geometry in Palaeoanthropology, Vienna
1999 3rd Phillip V. Tobias Lectures: Evolution of the Human Brain, Vienna
1998 2nd Zumtobel Lectures: Vienna Morphometric Workshop, Vienna
1998 Presentation of the skull of the Bodo Man at the Museum of National History, Vienna


  • F. Bookstein, Institute of Gerontology, University of Michigan, 300 North Ingalls Building, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2007, USA
  • G.F. De Stefano, Dept. of Biology, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Via della Ricerca Scientifica, I-00133 Roma, ITALY
  • A. P. Derevianko, Institute of Archeology and Ethnography, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Prosp. Akad. Lavrentieva 17, Novosibirsk, 630090, Russia
  • S. Guillén Oneeglio, Centro Mallqui, The Bioanthropology Foundation Peru, Av. Arnaldo Márquez 2014, Jesús Maria, Lima 11, Peru
  • M.Haile, K. Woldearegay, Mekelle University, Ethiopia
  • O. Kullmer, Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, Palaeoanthropology, Section of Tertiary Mammals
  • P. Rudan, Institute for Anthropological Research, Ilica 1, 10000 Zagreb, CROATIA
  • O. Sandrock, Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt, Dept. of Geology, Mineralogy and Palaeontology
  • F. Thackeray, Dept. of Palaeontology, Transvaal Museum, P.O. Box 413, Pretoria 0001, SA
  • D.zur Nedden, Department of Radiology II, University Clinic Innsbruck, Anichstr. 35, A-6020 Innsbruck, AUSTRIA
  • Bowman Grey School of Medicine & Wake Forest University, P.O. Box 7807, NC 27109, Winston-Salem, USA
  • Dept. of Archaeological Biology and Anthropology, Natural History Museum, Burgring 7, A-1010 Vienna, AUSTRIA
  • Department of Anthropology, SUNY, University of Albany, 1400 Washington Av, Albany NY 12222-0001, USA
  • Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico "L. Pigorini", Sezione di Antropologia, P.le G., Marconi 14, I-00144 Roma, ITALY


  • since 1999 Ethiopia: Palaeontological field research in the Somali region
  • 1994 - 1997 Peru: pre-Inca and Inca-mummies
  • 1968 - 1973 Greece: Mycenean princely graves


  1. Volksschule (=primary school) in Vienna
  2. Gymnasium (=high school) in Vienna, graduating with high school diploma on June 30th, 1964
  3. 1965-1972 University of Vienna, promotion to Dr. phil. on June 29th, 1972