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Walter Christaller

Born: 21-Apr-1893
Birthplace: Berneck, Germany
Died: 9-Mar-1969
Location of death: Jugenheim, Germany
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist

Nationality: Germany
Executive summary: Central Place Theory

Military service: German Army (WWI)

German geographer Walter Christaller developed Central Place Theory, concerning the development of cities as hubs for goods and services serving smaller, surrounding areas, and the size, number and distribution of urban areas. Active in Germany's Nazi Party and a bureaucrat in Hitler's government, he first put his theory to practical use in planning the occupation of Poland. His grandfather, Johann Gottlieb Christaller (1827-1895), was a well-known linguist and Christian missionary to West Africa, and his mother, Helene Christaller (1872-1953) was a successful writer of Christian-themed children's novels. He is the namesake of the Walter Christaller Award for Applied Geography.

Father: Erdmann Gottreich (author, b. 1857, d. 1922)
Mother: Helene Christaller (novelist, b. 1872, m. 1890, div. 1916, d. 1953)
Wife: (m. 1921, div. 1928, three children)

    High School: (home schooled)
    University: University of Heidelberg
    University: DSc, University of Munich

    German Official Planning and Soil Director:1940-44
    German Ancestry

Author of books:
Die zentralen Orte in Süddeutschland (The Central Places in Southern Germany) (1933)

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