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BRUCKISCH, WILHELM (?–1877). Wilhelm Bruckisch, apiarist, was born at Postelwitz, Silesia. In 1847 he founded and presided over the Silesian beekeepers' society and became an associate of Pastor Johann Dzierzon, a European authority on bees. In 1853 Bruckisch came to Texas and settled on the Guadalupe River at Hortontown, where he established an apiary and did horticultural work. He published numerous works on bees, including six editions of the Bienenbuch (1847–61), and Besste Bienenzuchts-Methode nach Pfarrer Dzierzon (1866); he and edited and published Die Preussischen Bienennachrichten (1850). Bruckisch died at Hortontown in 1877.


S. W. Geiser, "A Century of Scientific Exploration in Texas," Field and Laboratory 7 (January 1939).

Clinton P. Hartmann


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Clinton P. Hartmann, "BRUCKISCH, WILHELM," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.