Short CV/Education and training

  • 1938
    Born in Düsseldorf, Germany

  • 1957
    Abitur (A-levels), grammar school for classical languages in Düsseldorf

  • 1957 – 1959
    Student trainee in pharmacy in Düsseldorf

  • 1959
    Preliminary examination in pharmacy

  • 1959 – 1962
    Studied pharmacy, University of Freiburg, Germany

  • 1962
    State examination in pharmacy, University of Freiburg

  • 1963
    Appointment as pharmacist

  • 1962 – 1967
    Studied history, philosophy and history of medicine and pharmacy at the University of Freiburg, the University of Bonn and Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany

  • 1969
    Doctor of Natural Science (Dr. rer. nat.) Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf

  • 1969 – 1976
    Research assistant, Institute for the History of Medicine, Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf

  • 1969 – 1975
    Spent several weeks each year in Naples, Italy, to work with the historical archives at the Zoological Station on a research fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • 1976
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in history of pharmacy and the natural sciences, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf

  • 1976
    Appointed C2 professor of history of medicine at Marburg University

  • 1985
    Appointed to the newly founded C4 Chair in history of medicine at Ruhr University Bochum with an agreement to also teach the subject at the University of Essen

  • 1989
    Assumed leadership of the History of Medicine Museum at Ruhr University Bochum, created exhibits in an old mining structure (Malakowturm)

  • 1995
    Member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Halle (Saale), Germany

  • 2003
    Professor emeritus

  • 2003 – 2005
    Acting head of the Institute for the History of Medicine in Bochum and resumed teaching duties at the University of Essen until the successor to Prof. Vollmann in Bochum was able to begin

Selected publications

  • Hildegard von Bingen: Physica. Edition der Florentiner Handschrift (Cod. Laur. Ashb. 1323, ca. 1300), 2008.

  • Anholter-Moyländer Kräuterbuch. Das Kräuterbuch von Johannes Hartlieb in einer um 1470 entstandenen Abschrift aus der Fürstlich Salm-Salm'schen Bibliothek der Wasserburg Anholt FSSB Ms. 46, 2004.

  • De Discrimine febrium Inflammatoriarum et Putridarum. Über die Unterscheidung von entzündungartigen Fiebern und Faulfiebern. Eine Abhandlung abgefasst von Friedrich Schiller (1780). [...] neu herausgegeben und übersetzt mit Kommentar, 2004.

  • The impact of the Zoological Station in Naples on developmental physiology, 1996.

  • Medizinische Terminologie. Ein Kompaktkurs in 13 Lektionen. 2 Bde., 1993, 3. Auflage 1995, 4. Auflage 2000.

  • Von der Blutschau zum Blutbild. Zur Frühgeschichte der Hämatologie und Onkologie, 1993.

  • Die pflanzlichen Heilmittel bei Hildegard von Bingen. 1982, 4. Auflage 2009.

  • N.N. Mikloucho-Maclay: Briefwechsel mit Anton Dohrn. Unveröffentlichte Briefe. Hamburg 1980.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Description as a problem for and a promoter of medical diagnosis, from the turn of the (18th to 19th) century until the 20th century German Research Foundation (DFG) project, led by Prof. Heiner Fangerau from Ulm University and Prof. Irmgard Müller from Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

  • Publication of Goethe. His writings on natural science. Eds. Dorothea Kuhn, Wolf von Engelhardt (+) and Irmgard Müller

  • Goethe's correspondence with the von Humboldt brothers

  • Joint exhibit "Garden of health" with rare books from the holdings of the "Free Imperial" Library and the Otto Schäfer Museum in Schweinfurt, and the Francke Foundations as well as the library of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle (Saale), Germany

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

  • Niederrhein-Akademie / Academie Niederrijn (Lower Rhine Academy)

  • German Society for the History of Medicine, Natural Sciences and Technology

  • German Society for the History and Theory of Biology

  • International Society for the History of Pharmacy

  • Society for History of Science

  • Mediävistenverband (Medievalists’ Society)

Additional qualifications

  • Pharmacist's licence, 1963


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