Dieter Hoffmann

Emeritus Scholar (Feb 2016-Dec 2022)

Prof. Dr. emeritus

Dieter Hoffmann is Adjunct Professor at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and a member of the International Academy of the History of Science and the Leopoldina, National Academy of Sciences. In 2010 he was honored with the Honorary Pin of the German Physical Society. The focus of Dieter Hoffmann's research is the history of science and physics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in particular through biographies and institutional histories, focusing on Berlin as a leading center of science and technology. Another focus is science in totalitarian regimes, in particular during the Third Reich and in the former GDR. His current research topics include quantum physics in early twentieth-century Berlin, a biography of Max Planck, and the Imperial Institute for Science and Technology during the Third Reich.


No current projects were found for this scholar.

Albert Einstein—Chief Engineer of the Universe (Exhibition 2005)


Selected Publications

Hoffmann, Dieter and Josef Pircher, eds. (2020). Ernst Mach: Die Prinzipien der physikalischen Optik: historisch und erkenntnispsychologisch entwickelt (1921). Ernst Mach Studienausgabe 6. Berlin: Xenomoi.

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Orphal, J. and Dieter Hoffmann (2020). “Rudolf Clausius, Gustav Magnus und die Entstehung des zweiten Hauptsatzes der Thermodynamik.” In Gustav Magnus und sein Haus, ed. D. Hoffmann, 84–130. Diepholz: GNT-Verlag.

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Hoffmann, Dieter, ed. (2020). Gustav Magnus und sein Haus. Diepholz: GNT-Verlag.

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Hoffmann, Dieter and Mark Walker (2020). “The ‘Better’ Nazi: Pascual Jordan and the Third Reich.” In Biographies in the History of Physics: Actors, Objects, Institutions, ed. C. Forstner and M. Walker, 111–128. Cham: Springer.…

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News & Press

Visiting Scholar Dieter Hoffmann for RBB Inforadio on research following German reunification


Dieter Hoffmann for Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung on research following German reunification


Dieter Hoffmann wins the American Physical Society's 2020 Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics