Wolfgang Hellrigl

Wolfgang Hellrigl


Born 10 March 1941 in Cologne, Germany
1945-1960: lived in South Tyrol, Italy
1960-1966: University in Vienna (degree in economics)
1966-1975: work in Sydney, Australia (life assurance)
1976-2002: work in Bozen, South Tyrol, Italy (banking and insurance)
Since 2002: retired. Lives in Bozen.
Married, one daughter.

Philatelic curriculum:
Started collecting stamps at very early age, guided by father who was an experienced philatelist.
End of 1960s: started serious research into Nepal and Tibet. Visited Nepal many times, later also Tibet.
In 1976 founded the Nepal and Tibet Philatelic Study Circle, later serving as its President for 10 years.

Handbooks: The Native Postmarks of Nepal, with co-author C. Hepper (1978); The Classic Stamps of Nepal, with co-author F. Vignola (1984), Nepal Postal History (1991). All three handbooks were awarded the Martin Memorial Literature Award, and FIP gold medals. The Postal Markings of Tibet (1996).
Catalogues, bibliographies, and numerous research articles on Nepal and Tibet in specialist journals.
In 1978 he was awarded the Tilleard Medal by the RPSL, for his display of Nepal.

In 1980 joined the International Association of Philatelic Experts (A.I.E.P.), recognised as expert for Nepal, Tibet and Jammu & Kashmir. Elected to the Board in 1985, served as President from 1998 to 2005. Published Philatelic Expertising (2004) which was awarded a FIP gold medal.

In 1990s started specialisation in Jammu and Kashmir and Mongolia. Research articles on Jammu and Kashmir, currently working on a handbook for Mongolia.

In 1994 elected to the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists. 2007 awarded Lindenberg Medal.

FIP exhibitions: Classic Nepal (LG); India Used in Nepal (G); Tibet (G); Jammu and Kashmir (G; also FEPA Grand Prix).

FIP juror since 1992, member of FIP Expert Team since 2004.
Board member of the Philatelic Literature Commission from 1996 to 1998.