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d’Harnoncourt, René (17 May 1901–13 August 1968), museum director, was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Hubert d’Harnoncourt, an amateur historian, and Julianna Mittrowsky. Both of his parents came from noble families with large landholdings in Austria and Czechoslovakia, and d’Harnoncourt was born with the title of count, which he later dropped. Having been tutored at home, he attended the University of Graz from 1918 to 1921, studying chemistry and pursuing his interest in art outside of school by painting, drawing, collecting prints, and mounting shows of contemporary art with a group of friends. In 1922 he went on to the Technische Hochschule in Vienna and wrote a thesis, “The Creosote Contents of Certain Coals in Southern Yugoslavia,” which was published in the German technical journal ...