Short CV/Education and training

  • 1960 – 1966
    Studied mathematics, physics and astronomy at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany, and the University of Zurich, Switzerland; awarded the Diplom degree in mathematics

  • 1967 – 1972
    Research assistant in history of natural sciences at the Research Institute of the Deutsches Museum (German Museum) in Munich

  • 1972 – 1973
    Research assistant in the Institute for the History of the Natural Sciences at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich

  • 1973
    Doctorate; dissertation title: The history of differential geometry from Gauss to Riemann (1828 – 1868), supervised by H. Gericke

  • 1973 – 1980
    Research associate in the German Research Foundation (DFG) project: Tropfke: The history of elementary mathematics, funded by a Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) fellowship

  • 1979 – 1980
    Habilitation thesis title: The development of tensor calculus; Habilitation colloquium and lecture at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich

  • 1980
    C2 professor of the history of the natural sciences and technology at the University of Applied Library Science in Stuttgart, Germany

  • 1982
    Private lecturer at the University of Stuttgart, authorised to teach history of mathematics

  • 1983
    Member of the Académie internationale d'histoire des sciences

  • 1988
    Appointed professor by special appointment at the University of Stuttgart

  • 1994
    C3 professor at the University of Applied Library Science in Stuttgart

  • 1995
    C4 professor of the history of the natural sciences at the University of Hamburg

  • 2001
    Full member of the Joachim Jungius Society of Sciences, Hamburg, Germany

  • 2004
    External member of the Academy of Sciences of Public Utility in Erfurt, Germany

  • 2007
    Senior member of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg

  • Since 2007
    Retired

Selected projects

  • Counting, measuring, reckoning – 1000 years of mathematics in manuscripts and early printing

  • Carl Friedrich Gauss and Russia: German–Russian relations mirrored in Gauss's correspondence with scientists working in Russia

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Gauss Society in Göttingen, Germany

  • Member of the Mathematical Society in Hamburg, Germany (founded in 1690)

  • Senior member of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg, since 2007

  • External member of the German Academy of Sciences of Public Utility, Erfurt, since 2004

  • Full member of the Joachim Jungius Society of Sciences, Hamburg, Germany, 2001 – 2007

  • Member of the Académie internationale d'histoire des sciences, since 1983

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