Bessel, Gottfried Johann#
b. Buchen (Germany), Sept. 5, 1672, d. Goettweig (Lower Austria), Jan. 22, 1749, Benedictine, clergyman, historian. From 1714 abbot of the monastery in Goettweig, which he started to rebuild after a fire in 1718; twice Rector of the University in Vienna, engaged in historical research on the basis of ancient documents. His work "Chronicon Gottwicense" marked the beginning of the science of document research in Austria.
Literature#E. Ritter, Gedaechtnisausstellung zur Wiederkehr des 300. Geburtstages von Abt G. B., 1972; 800 Jahre Stift Goettweig, exhibition catalogue, 1983; G. M. Lechner and M. Gruenwald, G. B. (1672-1749) und das barocke Goettweig, 1999.