History of the Max Planck Society (GMPG)

Research Program Coordinator: Florian Schmaltz

The Research Program “History of the Max Planck Society” is headed by Professor Jürgen Renn, Professor Carsten Reinhardt, and Professor Jürgen Kocka. The committee combines a variety of perspectives on the research fields and working methods of the Max Planck Society, its institutes and their staff.


GMPG People

Services & Administration

Researchers 2017–18


Visiting Scholar (15 Apr 2018-31 Jul 2018)

PhD, Professor of Modern History and Head, Working Group in History of Science, University of Vienna, Austria

The Role of the MPG as a Scientific-political Actor in the Context of the German Unification Process since 1990


Research Scholar (1 Oct 2014-31 May 2022)

PD Dr.

History of the Max Planck Society


Visiting Scholar (12 Aug 2018-31 Jul 2019)

Professor of History

The Max Planck Institutes and Early Postwar German Biochemical Research Networks


Visiting Scholar (22 Jan 2018-31 Dec 2018)

Dr., Prof. em., Universität Bremen

The Power of Ethnological Interpretation of Human Behavior during the Cold War and beyond: Konrad Lorenz, Iräneus Eibl-Eibesfeldt, Wolfgang Wickler and the MPI for Behavioral Physiology

Visiting Scholar (1 Jun 2014-31 May 2021)

Prof. Dr., Berlin Social Science Center

History of the Max Planck Society

Research Scholar (18 Aug 2014-31 Dec 2022)

Gender Issues in the Hierarchy of the Max Planck Society, 1948–1998

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2017-31 Mar 2019)


Research Scholar (1 Jul 2013-31 Dec 2018)


(1 Jun 2015-31 Dec 2022)

Research Scholar (1 Jan 2018-31 Dec 2019)

Research Scholar

Visiting Scholar (1 Feb 2017-31 May 2018)


Cosmochemistry and Astroparticle Research in the Max Planck Society


Research Scholar (1 Oct 2018-14 Aug 2019)


Visiting Scholar (1 Oct 2011-31 May 2019)

Dr., Professor, Institute for Science and Technology Studies, University of Bielefeld

History of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry

Visiting Scholar (1 Apr 2018-31 Mar 2019)


Visiting Scholar (14 Apr 2018-31 Dec 2018)

Dr., Professor, University of Vienna

„Track I oder Track II Diplomatie? Die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft und ihre internationalen wissenschaftlichen Beziehungen zwischen individuellem Engagement und administrativer Professionalität

Research Scholar (1 Jan 2018-31 Dec 2019)

Research Program Coordinator, Senior Research Scholar (1 Jul 2015-31 May 2019)


History of the Max Planck Society

Visiting Scholar (14 Mar 2016-31 Dec 2022)

Dipl. Soz.

Bibliometrics in the History of Science

Research Scholar (1 Feb 2018-31 Jan 2022)


Visiting Scholar (15 Jan 2018-31 Mar 2019)

Prof. Dr.

Visiting Scholar (16 Jul 2017-31 Jul 2019)

Dr., Full Professor, University of Calgary

Über den Wiederanschluss der neurowissenschaftlichen Forschung in der MPG an die Weltspitze

Research Scholar (1 Aug 2014-31 May 2022)


How the Max Planck Society Generated New Knowledge in the Field of Chemistry, Physics, and Materials Science


Research Scholar (1 Mar 2017-28 Feb 2019)

Dr. phil.

History of the Behavioral Sciences, Neuroscience and the Cognitive Sciences (BNC) in the Max Planck Society


Research Scholar (1 Nov 2014-31 May 2022)

PD Dr.

The History of the Life Sciences in the Max Planck Society: Forms of Knowledge Production and Regulation in a Changing World


Research Scholar (Since Jan 2000)

Dipl. Phys.

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