Thorild Wulff

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Thorild Wulff

Thorild Wulff (born 1 April 1877 in Gothenburg; died late August or early September 1917 in Northwest Greenland [1] ) was a Swedish botanist and polar explorer.



He obtained his doctorate degree from Lund University in 1902 based on observation he had made during a Swedish-Russian geodesy expedition to Svalbard. [2]

Wulff was research assistant in horticulture ("Centralanstalten för försöksväsendet på jordbruksområdet") 1905–09, docent of botany at Stockholm University College 1909–13. In 1911 he travelled to Iceland with his friend the author Albert Engström who gave an account of the journey ("Åt Häcklefjäll" 1913).

He participated in the Second Thule Expedition led by Knud Rasmussen from Thule to Cape Bridgman in the northeastern corner of Peary Land. On the return trip, the expedition suffered from bad weather and insufficient supplies, resulting in casualties, one of them being Wulff. He died from fatigue near Cape Agassiz off the Humboldt Glacier.


The Greenlandic plant species Braya thorild-wulffii (Brassicaceae) was named after him in 1923. The Wulff Land peninsula in Northern Greenland is similarly named for him.

The standard author abbreviation T.Wulff is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name. [3]

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Wulff Land is a peninsula in far northwestern Greenland. Administratively it is a part of the Northeast Greenland National Park.

Centrum Island is a small island in North Greenland, south East of the John Murray Island, and West of J.P. Koch Fjord. The island is described as 'inconspicuous and fladt'.


  1. Den digitale Slæderejse Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Wulff, T. (1902). Botanische Beobachtungen aus Spitzbergen[Botanical Observations from Spitsbergen] (in German). Lund: Malmström. Contains four parts: I. Über die Transpiration der arktischen Gewächse; II. Über das Auftreten von Antocyan bei den arktischen Gewächsen; III. Der Polygonboden (Kjellman's "Rutmark"); IV. Floristische Notizen
  3. International Plant Names Index.  T.Wulff.