Prof. Dr. Jürgen Renn

Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte



Jürgen Renn studied physics at the Freie Universität in Berlin and at the Sapienza University in Rome. In 1987 he received his PhD in mathematical physics from the Technische Universität Berlin. Between 1986 and 1992 he worked as co-editor of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein at Boston University. Between 1991 and 1996 he co-directed the Arbeitsstelle Albert Einstein at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin together with Peter Damerow. In 1993/94 he was visiting professor at Tel Aviv University and at the ETH Zurich. Since its foundation in 1994, Renn has been director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin. Renn holds an honorary professorship for the history of science at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and at the Freie Universität Berlin. Since 1998 he is Adjunct Professor for philosophy and physics at Boston University. He is a member of the Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the International Academy for the History of Science, and serves on the executive boards of Berlin's German Universities Excellence Initiative Topoi and the Berliner Antike-Kolleg. Jürgen Renn has been serving as Chairperson of the Humanities Sciences Section of the Max Planck Society since 2016.

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