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Prof. Dr.

Heinz Schott

Presidium Appointee for Archive, Library and Long-Term Projects

Year of election: 2003
Section: History of Science and Medicine
City: Bonn
Country: Germany
CV Heinz Schott - Deutsch (pdf)
CV Heinz Schott - Englisch (pdf)


Scientific focus: History of psychiatry, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis; medicine in the age of Goethe, in particular history of mesmerism; medicine in early modern times, in particular history of paracelsianism and "natural magic"; medical anthropology in historical perspective


  • since 1987 Professor (C4) for the History of Medicine and Director of the Institute of the History of Medicine, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 1982 Habilitation and venia legendi for the History of Medicine
  • 1978-1987 Research assistant at the Institute of the History of Medicine, University of Freiburg im Breisgau (Director: Prof. Dr. E. Seidler), Germany
  • 1978 Obtained Dr. phil. at the Faculty of Philosophy of Heidelberg University (Doctoral supervisor: Prof. Dr. M. Theunissen), Germany
  • 1972-1977 Philosophy degree studies at the University of Munich and Heidelberg University, Germany
  • 1975 Licensed to practice as a doctor after completing the required medical internships  ECFMG (American Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certification
  • 1974 Obtained doctorate (Dr. med.) at the Institute of Pathology, Heidelberg University (Doctoral supervisor: Prof. Dr. W. Jacob), Germany
  • 1971 Medical examination (state examination) at the Technical University Munich (TUM), Germany
  • 1966-1971 Medical degree studies (Heidelberg University, Technical University Munich (TUM), University of Glasgow)



  • Leopoldina Presidium Appointee for Archive, Library and Long-Term Projects
  • since 2009 President of the Viktor von Weizsäcker Society
  • 2002-2008 President of the German Association for the History of Medicine
  • 1992-2000 Expert reviewer for the DFG; Chair of the Expert Committee since 1996
  • 1991-1994 President of the German Society for the History of Medicine, Science and Technology



  • 2008-2010 Persönliches Forschungsprojekt (mit Freistellung): „Magie der Natur: Zur Ideengeschichte neuzeitlicher Medizin“; Opus magnum-Projekt im Rahmen der Förderinitiative „Pro Geisteswissenschaften“ (VolkswagenStiftung/Thyssen Stiftung)
  • 2004-2006 „Paracelsus: Chronologie und Echtheit“ (DFG-Projekt)
  • 2001-2004 „Paracelsus (Frühwerk)“ (DFG-Projekt)
  • 2000-2003 „Psychoanalytische Psychosomatik im Spannungsfeld von jüdischer Identität, Assimilation und Antisemitismus“; Teilprojekt B 7 des SFB 534 „Judentum/Christentum“ (DFG)
  • 1998-2000 „Wie erleben Menschen mit Down-Syndrom ihre Welt – wie sieht die Welt Menschen mit Down-Syndrom?“ (VolkswagenStiftung)
  • 1993-1995 “Jewish and Renaissance Thought in the Works of Paracelsus” (German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development/GIF), in Kooperation mit Frau Prof. Dr. I. Zinguer

Auszeichnungen und Mitgliedschaften


  • seit 2004 Mitglied der Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina – seit 2008 Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften, Halle (Saale)
  • 2002 Justinus-Kerner-Preis der Stadt Weinsberg
  • seit 1995 Mitglied der Europäischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und Künste – Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea, Salzburg, Österreich




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