Christa Habrich

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Christa Habrich

Christa Elisabeth Habrich (born November 24, 1940 in Gießen ; † September 6, 2013 there ) was a German pharmacist as well as a pharmacy and medical historian .


Habrich grew up in a family of pharmacists based in Gießen and temporarily in Upper Bavaria during the Second World War and in the post-war period. She later passed the Abitur at the Giessen Ricarda-Huch School and, after successfully completing the preliminary pharmaceutical examination in Darmstadt from 1963 to the state examination in 1966, studied pharmacy at the University of Munich . She graduated in medicine history and paleontology , and in 1970 with a thesis on pharmacies history of Regensburg Dr. rer. nat. PhD.

Christa Habrich in the studio of the Querbeet garden

In 1971 she founded the Adler pharmacy in Giessen, which she managed until 2010. From 1972 she fulfilled teaching assignments at the University of Munich, where she qualified as a professor in 1982 with the thesis “Investigations into Pietistic Medicine and its Formation with Johann Samuel Carl (1677–1757) and his Circle” and from then on taught history of medicine and pharmacy as an adjunct professor .

Funerary inscription in the Bogenhausen cemetery

She played a key role in founding and building up the German Medical History Museum in Ingolstadt , which opened in 1973, and was its honorary director from 1983 to 2008. In the course of the State Horticultural Show in 1992, she designed a medicinal plant garden in the outdoor area of ​​the museum, in which 200 different medicinal plants sometimes grow in raised beds, and had it expanded to make it wheelchair accessible and provided with Braille. On her 70th birthday, the museum showed the exhibition Mit Sinn und Verstand. In 1991 she organized the subsequent annual “Symposium on Medical History Museology”, and from 1990 to 2004 she was President of the “Association Européenne des Musées d'Histoire des Sciences Médicales”. For many years she served on the board of the Julius Hirschberg Society .

In 2008, Marion Maria Ruisinger was appointed her successor and became the first full-time director of the German Medical History Museum.

Christa Habrich was significantly involved in the creation and development of the TV program " Querbeet " for the BR (Bayerischer Rundfunk). From 1994 onwards, Christa Habrich appeared 232 times with contributions on phytopharmacy , botany, art and culture in the series. Phytomedicine in the television program Querbeet was also the subject of the "autopsies", the last series of events initiated by Christa Habrich in the Medical History Museum. The focus of the first autopsy evening was the Christmas rose, one of Christa Habrich's favorite plants.

After her unexpected death, Christa Habrich was buried with great sympathy on September 17, 2013 in the Bogenhausen cemetery in Munich. Friends and companions paid tribute to the important scientist and museum director Christa Habrich at a memorial ceremony in the Orbansaal in Ingolstadt.



  • as editor with Frank Marguth and Jörn Henning Wolf with the collaboration of Renate Wittern : Medical diagnostics in the past and present. Festschrift for Heinz Goerke on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday (= New Munich Contributions to the History of Medicine and Natural Sciences: Medizinhistorische Reihe. 7/8). Fritsch, Munich 1978, ISBN 3-87239-046-5 .
  • as editor with Irmgard Müller and Stefan Schulz: From blood show to blood count. An exhibition on the early history of hematology and oncology. Neufang, Gelsenkirchen 1993, ISBN 3-923338-06-6 .
  • with Heiner Meininghaus-Habrich: Fragrances and fine bottles from five centuries. = Five centuries of scent and elegant flacons. Arnold, Stuttgart 1998, ISBN 3-925369-82-1 .
  • with Siegfried Wichmann : Carl Spitzweg, the painter and pharmacist. Nature and science in his work. Belser, Stuttgart 2003, ISBN 3-7630-2445-X .
  • as editor of the appendix with Michael Kowalski: Plants of the Bible (= catalogs of the German Medical History Museum Ingolstadt. 25 (ie 27), ISSN  0172-3863 ). 3rd, revised and expanded edition. German Medical History Museum, Ingolstadt 2005.
  • with Wolfgang Hartmann: Alois Alzheimer. A doctor and his discovery. (= Collection sheets of the German Medical History Museum Ingolstadt. 11a, ZDB -ID 921026-X ). German Medical History Museum, Ingolstadt 2007.

Web links

Commons : Christa Habrich  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Obituary (PDF; 120 kB). In: Gießener Anzeiger , September 13, 2013 ( Memento from April 29, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  2. ^ Christa Habrich: Pharmacy history of Regensburg in imperial city times (= New Munich contributions to the history of medicine and natural sciences. Medical history series. 1). Fritsch, Munich 1970, ISBN 3-87239-014-7 (At the same time: Munich, University, dissertation, 1971: On the history of the pharmacy industry under the jurisdiction of Regensburg during the imperial city period. ).
  3. With sense and understanding. An exhibition for Christa Habrich Winter exhibition of the German Medical History Museum, 2011.
  4. ^ Marion Maria Ruisinger: Professor Dr. Dr. Christa Habrich 70 years. In: Bayerisches Ärzteblatt . 1–2, 2011, p. 49, ( digital version (PDF; 60 kB) ).
  5. History of the museum building on the website of the German Medical History Museum.
  6. Ruth Stückle: A life for pharmacy and plants . In: Donaukurier , September 9, 2013.
  7. ^ Burkhard Mücke: "Querbeet" - botany, art and culture. In: Marion Maria Ruisinger (Ed.): With sense and understanding. An exhibition for Christa Habrich (= catalogs of the German Medical History Museum Ingolstadt. 35). German Medical History Museum, Ingolstadt 2010.
  8. ^ Autopsy in December 2010 / Christmas rose, Querbeet chats at Christmas time. German Medical History Museum, accessed on April 5, 2016 .
  9. Jesko Schulze-Reimpell: The "personified ideal professor figure "., November 24, 2013, accessed on October 22, 2018 .
  10. ^ Dk: Professor Christa Habrich has died . In: Donaukurier , September 9, 2013.