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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)



  • 2008-2010 Personal research project (with leave of absence): “Magie der Natur: Zur Ideengeschichte neuzeitlicher Medizin; Opus magnum project as part of the Pro Humanities funding initiative” (Volkswagen Foundation / Thyssen Foundation)
  • 2004-2006 “Paracelsus: Chronologie und Echtheit” (German Research Foundation project)
  • 2001-2004 “Paracelsus (Frühwerk)” (German Research Foundation project)
  • 2000-2003 “Psychoanalytische Psychosomatik im Spannungsfeld von jüdischer Identität, Assimilation Und Antisemitismus”; Sub-project B 7 of the SFB 534 Judentum / Christentum (German Research Foundation)
  • 1998-2000 “Wie erleben Menschen mit Down-Syndrom ihre Welt – wie sieht die Welt Menschen mit Down-Syndrom?” (Volkswagen Foundation)
  • 1993-1995 “Jewish and Renaissance Thought in the Works of Paracelsus” (German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development /GIF), in collaboration with Prof. Dr. I. Zinguer (Haifa)



  • 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

Honours and Memberships


  • since 2004 Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina – which was appointed the German National Academy of Sciences, Halle (Saale), in 2008
  • 2002 Justinus Kerner Prize of Weinsberg  
  • since 1995 Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts – Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea, Salzburg, Austria




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