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Rudolf W. Becking Collection 2003.04
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Description
Rudolf Willem Becking was a professor of Forestry and Natural Resources at Humboldt State University from 1960-1983. He did extensive work in Northwestern California. His research interests included Redwoods, sustainable forestry (Plenturung), plant community ecology (Phytosociology), serpentine endemics, the Marbled Murrelet, timber cruise methodology, and many other topics. He worked in the Great Smoky Mountains in the 1950s-1960s and again in the 1970s. He did additional scholarly work in Indonesia, the USSR and in China. Becking also participated in political processes in the Northern California region. Highlights include involvement in the establishment and later expansion of Redwood National Park (1960s and 1970s), municipal environmental issues related to the city of Arcata, California and Humboldt Bay in the 1970s and 1980s, revision of the California Forest Practices Act in the 1970s, and many other regional environmental issues.
Background
Rudolf Willem Becking was born in 1922 in Dutch-occupied Indonesia to a Dutch family. He had an early interest in the natural sciences that he shared with his brother and father. During World War II, Becking was captured as a Prisoner of War by the Japanese. He received two forestry degrees from Wageningen University in The Netherlands in 1952. Becking married H. Louise Sheltema, and they moved together to Seattle, WA, where he received his PhD from the University of Washington in 1954. He had brief employment with the Dutch Forest Service and universities in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Alabama before being hired at Humboldt State University in 1960. He retired from HSU in 1983, but remained an active professor emeritus, teaching classes and sponsoring graduate students for many years after. Both Becking and his wife died in 2009 and were survived by all three of their children.
Extent
122.0 Cubic feet 94 Record Storage Boxes, 9 Oversize Boxes
Restrictions
Copyright to the unpublished Becking material is the sole property of Humboldt State University Library. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Special Collections Librarian.
Availability
The collection is open for research.