Eike Pies

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Eike Pies

Eike Pies (born March 22, 1942 in Duisburg - Hamborn ; pseudonyms: Wilhelm van der Horst , John F. Mortimer , Jules Silver , Jean-Baptiste Delacour ) is a German theater scholar, historian, journalist, writer, publisher, corporate consultant for public relations, Museum donor and association founder.


Eike Pies studied medicine, theater studies, philosophy, history, German and art history at the University of Cologne , where he received his doctorate in 1969 with a thesis on the history of theater.

From 1969 to 1971 he was the feature editor of the daily newspaper Westdeutsche Rundschau in Wuppertal, lecturer for dramaturgy at the drama school in Cologne and for theater criticism at the adult education center in Wuppertal.

From 1971 to 1973 he was press manager of the ECON publishing group with the publishers Econ (Düsseldorf-Vienna), Claassen (Hamburg-Düsseldorf) and Marion von Schröder (Hamburg-Düsseldorf) and from 1973 to 1974 publishing director of the HENN publishing group with the Henn- Verlag (Ratingen-Düsseldorf-Kastellaun), the university and school book publisher (Saarbrücken-Düsseldorf) and the vms Verlag modern non-fiction book (Düsseldorf), which he founded in 1973 .

In Wuppertal, Düsseldorf and Sprockhövel he founded the company publishing house Dr. Eike Pies and orb-Verlag (1975), Commed - Kommunikation- und Medienbüro GbR , the interma-orb Verlagsgruppe GmbH and Vera Futura, Society for interdisciplinary prognostics GbR (1977), the Dr. Pies with the companies Philosophische Praxis Dr. Pies and Verlag Dr. Eike Pies (1989), point systems Dr. Pies & Partner, Consulting GmbH (1992) - BZP Company Medical Center Dr. Pies GmbH for occupational medicine and occupational safety (1994) and druck & buch GbR (2000).


In 1986 Eike Pies founded the non-profit registered association Family Foundation Pies Archive, Research Center Vorderhunsrück in Dommershausen / Hunsrück, was chairman of the association and the foundation of the same name until March 2014, which in Dommershausen has been a museum with archive and library for personal, regional and medical history and is today honorary chairman and honorary member.

In 1981, based on evidence, he proposed the thesis that the French philosopher René Descartes had been poisoned at the Swedish court in Stockholm in 1650, about which he wrote a screenplay for a television documentary and several publications. The mathematician Thomas Sonar agrees with the version of the murder thesis improved by Theodor Ebert in 2009 , but describes Pies' argument as "too thin". In contrast, u. a. the Düsseldorf medical historian Hans Schadewaldt and the Prague philosopher Vilem Marvan the outstanding achievement of Eike Pies, because he was the first scientist to recognize the symptoms of Descartes as a result of arsenic poisoning and was also the first to name Descartes murderer. Ebert himself dedicates a copy of his book "Eike Pies, without whom this book would not exist".

Eike Pies has published over 100 books on medical and cultural history, genealogy and heraldry , wrote scripts for films and television documentaries and is the editor of scientific book series. For his cultural and historical work he was u. a. 1993 awarded the Order of Merit of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate .

Fonts (selection)

  • The theater in Schleswig 1618–1839 , Kiel 1970
  • The Röderhaus , Wuppertal 1971
  • Principals - On the genealogy of German professional and traveling theater from the 17th to 19th centuries , Ratingen-Düsseldorf-Kastellaun 1973
  • A delighted audience - a small chronicle of the theater list , 1st edition Hamburg-Düsseldorf 1973, 2nd edition Solingen 2000
  • Goethe on trips , 1st edition Wuppertal 1977, 2nd edition Solingen 1999
  • I am the Doctor Eisenbarth - Doctor of Landstrasse , 1st edition Geneva 1977, 3rd edition Cologne 1995
  • Women are the paradise of the eyes - feminine beauty in poetry and art , Düsseldorf 1980
  • Wickeren and Gravenhorst near Uedem - A Contribution to the Lower Rhine Court History , Cologne 1982
  • Waldeck in the Hunsrück - history of the rule, the castle and the palace as well as the knight, baron and count family of the same name , Sprockhövel-Düsseldorf 1983
  • Pies - Piesen - Piesacken , 1st part Mönchengladbach 1986, 2nd part Sprockhövel-Dommershausen 1992; Japanese edition Tokyo 1998
  • History of the former rule of Waldeck with the villages of Dorweiler, Korweiler and Mannebach , Sprockhövel 1989
  • The Descartes murder case , 1st edition Cologne 1991, 2nd and 3rd edition Solingen 1996; Italian edition Il delitto Cartesio, Palermo 1999; Japanese edition Tokyo 2000
  • Citizens' books of the city and the office of Kastellaun 1568–1798 , Sprockhövel-Kastellaun 1991
  • Dommershausen - history of a Hunsrück village, Dommershausen-Sprockhövel 1993
  • 101 old and tried and tested secret recipes - from the records of a Hunsrück Medicus dynasty , 1st edition Briedel 1993, 2nd edition Briedel 1994
  • Current addresses and information for genealogists, archives - associations - associations in the Federal Republic of Germany and for the former eastern territories , Solingen 1993. 3rd edition Solingen 2002 with annually updated supplementary deliveries
  • Adventure genealogy - the practical manual for beginners and professionals , 1st edition Solinge 1994, 6th edition Wuppertal 2009
  • Pills, powders and tinctures - a brief cultural history of the medical prescription , Solingen 1995
  • Grenzlos, gruppe rbk - art and artists 1946–1966 , Solingen 1997
  • Traditional and other old professions , 1st edition Solingen 1997, 3rd edition Wuppertal 2005
  • New Bergisches Wappenbuch Bürgerlicher Familien, Heraldik - Genealogy - Bibliography , Solingen and Neustadt / Aisch 1998
  • Executioners and slayer clans - history of a "dishonest" professional group from the 16th to the 18th century, illustrated using the example of the former electorate and archbishopric Trier as well as in the neighboring lordships , with a CD-ROM, Solingen 2001
  • Wages and prices from 1300 to 2000 - dependency and development over 7 centuries , 1st edition Solingen 2003, 6th edition Wuppertal 2008
  • My family history - The practical guide to genealogy , 1st and 2nd editions Freiburg 2003
  • Willem Piso (1611–1678), founder of tropical medicine and personal physician to Count and later Prince Johann Moritz von Nassau-Siegen in Brazil and the Netherlands , Dommeshausen-Sprockhövel 2004
  • Eisenbarth - The end of a legend, life and work of the brilliant surgeon, widely traveled country doctor and first German pharmaceutical manufacturer Johann Andreas Eisenbarth (1663–1727) , Wuppertal 2004
  • The picture of the doctor, doctors' portraits from four centuries , 4 volumes, Dommershausen-Sprockhövel 2005–2008; Complete edition 2009
  • Diederich Pies (1590–1666), Palatinate-Neuburg and Imperial regimental field shearers, founder of modern chiropractic , Dommershausen-Sprockhövel 2006
  • Heraldic and other treasures , Dommershausen-Sprockhövel 2009
  • Jacques de Beaulieu (1651–1714) called "Frére Jacques", life and work of the French surgeon , Dommershausen-Sprockhövel 2009
  • Wilhelm Fabry (1560–1634) - A Rhenish-Bergisch surgeon of European importance , Dommershausen-Sprockhövel 2010
  • Johann Weyer (1515–1588), personal physician to Duke Wilhelm the Rich of Jülich-Kleve-Berg and courageous opponent of the witch's madness , Sprockhövel 2011
  • Dorothea Christiane Erxleben née Leporin (1715–1762) - The first female doctor in Germany , Dommershausen-Sprockhövel 2011
  • Malpractice, perpetrator - victim - tips , Dommershausen-Sprockhövel 2011
  • With scalpel and matula - life pictures of famous doctors , Dommershausen-Sprockhövel 2011
  • Father Dr. Otto Pies SJ (1901–1960) - His life in pictures, personal testimonies and eyewitness reports , Dommershausen-Sprockhövel 2011
  • The pies help in the bones, the pies in the weeks - A proverbial family in the mirror of literature , Wuppertal 2011
  • The old rectory in Dommershausen and its coat of arms windows , Dommershausen-Sprockhövel 2013
  • Electors - Kings - Emperors , Dommershausen-Sprockhövel 2013
  • Money - monetary value - purchasing power , Dommershausen-Sprockhövel 2013
  • Calculation of time, dimensions and weights , Dommershausen-Sprockhövel 2013
  • Archives & libraries, museums and associations on local and family history in the Rhein-Hunsrück district , Dommershausen-Sprockhövel 2013
  • The medical system , Dommershausen-Sprockhövel 2013


  • 1975: The painter Karl Hermann Ueberholz: Constructive variations , script and direction, studio film Wuppertal
  • 1976: The eraser Ismail Coban: For example or an oriental anti-fairy tale , script and direction, studio film Wuppertal
  • 1976: Buy with strategy , script and direction, industrial film Düsseldorf-Wuppertal
  • 1980: Paper of format , script and direction, industrial film Düsseldorf-Wuppertal
  • 1984: The Descartes murder case , screenplay, WDR television documentary Cologne
  • 1985: Dicom-Electronics in the hospital , screenplay and direction, industrial film Duisburg
  • 1995: Die kleine Immortlichkeit - ancestral research adventure , script and direction, WDR television documentary for ARD, Cologne


  • Series of publications of the family foundation Pies-Archiv, Forschungszentrum Vorderhunsrück eV (book series Dommershausen-Sprockhövel since 1989)
  • Family chronicles (Dommershausen-Sprockhövel book series since 1993)
  • Contemporary witnesses (Dommershausen-Sprockhövel book series since 1995)
  • Interdisciplinary Science Forum (Dommershausen-Sprockhövel book series since 2000)
  • Kastellaun in history (book series Kastellaun-Dommershausen-Sprockhövel since 2000)
  • Library for genealogists (Solingen-Wuppertal book series since 1997)
  • Sources for family research (Solingen-Wuppertal book series since 2001)
  • Illustrated history of old professions (Solingen-Wuppertal series since 2002)
  • Our Hunsrück (series of publications on CD-ROM, 13 titles so far, Dommershausen-Sprockhövel 2013)


  • Who's Who in Germany , Munich since 1972
  • Glenzdorf's International Genealogy Lexicon , Bad Münster am Deister 1977
  • Kürschner's German Literature Calendar , Berlin-New York since 1978 and Munich since 2002
  • Who is who? - The German Who's Who , Lübeck since 1981
  • Names from the communications industry , Hamburg 1975
  • Who's Who - European Communications , Brussels 1984
  • Media yearbook , Hamburg 1989
  • The Golden Book of Outstanding Personalities of the Federal Republic of Germany , Munich 1989
  • Literature Atlas NRW , Cologne 1992
  • Kürschner's German Non-Fiction Calendar , Munich since 2001
  • German Literature Lexicon , Bern-Munich 1990
  • Westphalian Author Lexicon , Vol. 4 (1900 to 1950), Paderborn 2002
  • Ingvild Neufang-Pies (Ed.): In arte voluptas - Eike Pies for his 60th birthday , commemorative publication with biography and bibliography as well as contributions by 23 authors, Dommershausen-Sprockhövel 2002 (current review: In arte voluptas II , Dommershausen-Sprockhövel 2012)
  • Clarissas Krambude - authors talk about their pseudonyms , Neckenmarkt 2011

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Thomas Sonar: 3000 Years of Analysis , Springer, Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-642-17203-8 , p. 245
  2. Hans Schadewaldt at the presentation of the Descartes book by Eike Pies in the Wuppertal City Library on October 29, 1981 as well as in his contribution: The medical historian and Vilem Marvan: The Descartes researcher, both in the Festschrift: In arte voluptas, Dommershausen-Sprockhövel 2002 (pages 84-89 and 73-82). Cf. also Ulrich Harbecke: The uncomfortable philosopher in: How did it really happen - On the trail of the secrets of world history, Stuttgart 1990 (pp. 118–123) and the detailed report: Bad things in urine in: DER SPIEGEL 32/1996 ( Pp. 160–161)