August 9, 1922 – September 30, 2019
Richard Mattessich was born in 1922 in Trieste and grew up in Vienna, graduating with a Dr. rer.pol. in 1945. Academic positions: fellow of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (1945-47); lecturer at the Rosenberg College (St. Gallen, 1947-52); Department Head of Commerce at Mt. Allison University (Sackville, N.B. 1953-59); Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley (1959-67); Professor of the Ruhr University, Bochum (Germany, 1966-67); Professor, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, 1967-87; since 1987 Prof. Emeritus); Professor, Technische Universitat (Vienna, 1976-78—simultaneous with his position at UBC); also various visiting professorships in Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and Switzerland. Apart from numerous papers, some 28 books bear his name (as author, co-author, editor, and co-editor). He received four honorary doctoral degrees and numerous other honors (including memberships in two national academies, and research awards from Canadian and American accounting associations).
Mattessich has been profiled in such works as : Twentieth Century Accounting Thinkers (ed. By J. R. Edwards, 1994), A History of Accounting. An International Encyclopedia (ed. by M. Chatfield and R. Vangermeersch, 1996), Les Grands Auteurs de la Comptabilité (ed. by B. Colasse, 2005). Mattessich’s major books are: Accounting and analytical methods (1964, 1970, and translations in German, Japanese, and Spanish), Simulation of the firm through a budget computer program (1964, 1979), Instrumental reasoning and systems methodology. An epistemology of the applied and social sciences (1978, 1980), Critique of accounting. Examination of the foundations and normative structure of an applied discipline (1995), Foundational research in accounting: professional memoirs and beyond (1995, 2015), The beginnings of accounting (2000), Two hundred years of accounting research. An international survey of personalities, ideas and publications—from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first century (2008, 2011 and translation in Persian, 2017) and Reality and accounting. Ontological explorations in the economic and social sciences (2014).