Ernst & Son

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The publishing house Ernst & Sohn is a subsidiary of Verlagsgruppe Wiley-Blackwell , based in Hoboken (New Jersey) . Ernst und Sohn was founded in Berlin in 1851 by Wilhelm Ernst and Heinrich Korn and is one of the leading specialist publishers for civil engineers in German-speaking countries. The publisher has been based in Berlin since it was founded. The program includes 10 specialist journals, 4 of which are in English, as well as special issues and numerous German and English-language books and various databases and websites . The civil engineering prize has been awarded for outstanding achievements in architecture since 1988.



The concrete calendar , born in 1906, is the most important work in publishing history. The book program provides technical information, in print and electronically, on all areas of civil engineering practice: reinforced concrete and steel construction, structural planning and calculation, building physics , geotechnics , construction management and standardization as well as on "specialists" such as traffic and sports facility construction or hydraulic engineering .

In addition to the concrete calendar, the other annual publications such as the masonry calendar , the steel construction calendar and the building physics calendar , multi-volume standard works such as the Holzbau-Taschenbuch and the Grundbau-Taschenbuch as well as monographs on individual topics are well known. One of the best-known English-language works is Neuferts Architects' Data , which was published in its 4th edition in 2012.

Long-term cooperation with societies such as the German Society for Geotechnics (DGGT) or the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib) lead to joint projects such as the titles fib Model Code for Concrete Structures 2010 , EA Pfähle - recommendations of the working group on piles , recommendations of the working committee for embankments ( EAU), recommendations of the excavation work committee (EAB) and EBGEO - Recommendations for Design and Analysis of Earth Structures using Geosynthetic Reinforcements or titles from the ECCS series such as B. Design of cold-formed steel structures . From 1877 to 1998 the book series Berlin and its buildings, published by the Architects and Engineers Association of Berlin (AIV), was published by the publishing house .


Classic magazines such as civil engineering , concrete and reinforced concrete and steel construction have shaped the industry for over 90 years; In 1979 the publisher expanded its magazine portfolio to include building physics . Today the program includes 10 specialist journals. They only present scientifically assessed articles and have been ISI-certified since 2007.

The English-language journals Geomechanics and Tunneling , Steel Construction , Mauerwerk - European Journal of Masonry , as well as the online journal Civil Engineering Design , which has been published since the beginning of 2019, are aimed at experts from all over the world. The following journals appear in cooperation with national and international associations: Steel Construction - Design and Research (member journal of ECCS - European Convention for Constructional Steelwork ), geotechnik (organ of DGGT - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geotechnik eV) and Geomechanics and Tunneling (member journal of ÖGG, of the Austrian Society for Geomechanics ). Ernst & Sohn's article database has almost 30,000 articles and reports from all magazines since 1967. These and other contributions are also embedded in the data collection of John Wiley & Sons, Wiley Online Library (WOL).


Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn, Publishing House for Architecture and Technical Sciences GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 1888 and followed the predecessor publishing house of Ernst & Korn . Ernst & Korn Berlin was founded in 1851 by Wilhelm Ernst (1814-1894), who in 1850 took over the Reimarus publishing house and Gropius' book and art store in Berlin and Potsdam, and Heinrich Korn (1829-1907), who had learned from Gropius, and one Printing company brought in, founded. Korn left the partnership in 1880. At the beginning they sold their publications through the Gropius'sche Buch- und Kunsthandlung in Berlin and partly through the WG Korn'sche Buchhandlung in Breslau . The Gropius bookstore, founded in 1827, belonged to the Gropius family of artists and architects . The founders were the brothers Carl, Ferdinand and Friedrich George Gropius, whose father was friends with Karl Friedrich Schinkel .

With the titles Zeitschrift für Bauwesen (from 1851, circulation 13,000) and Zentralblatt der Bauverwaltung (from 1881, circulation 5,000), Ernst & Korn had the leading specialist magazines for civil engineers at the time. The initiative for the establishment came from the Prussian building administration and the architects' association. The center of building research in Berlin was the Schinkel Building Academy and the publishing house was also based there until 1877 (afterwards at Wilhelmstrasse 90 near the architect's house). There was also the architectural journal Architectural Sketchbook , Die Denkmalpflege (from 1899) and the engineering handbook Die Hütte (founded by the association of the same name at the Berlin Trade Academy in 1846), which Ernst and Son published until 1971.

In 1891 Wilhelm Ernst's son joined the publishing house, Georg Eberhard Ernst (1852–1902). The publisher was then called Wilhelm Ernst and Son. Georg Eberhard Ernst took over the publishing house after Wilhelm Ernst's death in 1894. The publishing house was greatly expanded by Georg Ernst (1880–1950), who took over the publishing house in 1902 after the death of his father Georg Eberhard Ernst. He expanded the publishing house particularly in the area of ​​the emerging reinforced concrete, working with Friedrich von Emperger , a pioneer in this field. In 1904 the magazine Beton und Eisen (later Beton- und Stahlbetonbau ), founded by Emperger in Vienna in 1901, was taken over, in 1905 the concrete calendar appeared (also on Emperger's initiative) and in 1908 the manual for reinforced concrete construction appeared. From 1910 the booklet of the German Committee for Reinforced Concrete (at that time still reinforced concrete) was added. In 1923 the first edition of the construction technology appeared and in 1928 of Stahlbau (as a supplement to construction technology and from 1952 independently). Bautechnik was founded after the publisher gave up the magazines Zentralblatt für Bauverwaltung , Zeitschrift für Bauwesen and Die Denkmalpflege in 1922 due to inflation and disagreements with authorities (who were co-editors) . Instead, a new journal should cover all aspects of civil engineering.

Famous civil engineers published in the publishing house as early as the 19th century (e.g. Johann Wilhelm Schwedler , Heinrich Müller-Breslau , Christian Otto Mohr , Friedrich Engesser , Hermann Zimmermann and August Wöhler ).


  • Eva Maria Froschauer: “To the readers!” Represent and convey architecture. Berlin architecture magazines around 1900. Ernst Wasmuth, Tübingen / Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-8030-0707-0 , pp. 44–47, pp. 92–96, pp. 98–108. The author examines u. a. the journal Zentralblatt der Bauverwaltung and also goes into the history of the Ernst & Sohn publishing house.
  • Karl-Eugen Kurrer : Wiley & Sons, Wiley-VCH and Ernst & Sohn. A successful family saga in civil engineering literature. In: Stahlbau , 76th year 2007, issue 1, pp. 1–5.
  • Detlef Böhnki, Karl-Eugen Kurrer: 150 years of Ernst and Son . In: Stahlbau, Volume 70, 2001, Issue 1, pp. 1–2
  • Doris Greiner-Mai : 150 years Ernst & Sohn (1851–2001). In: Bautechnik, 78th year 2001, issue 1, pp. 1–2.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Civil Engineering Design
  2. ^ Heinz Sarkowski: The Springer publishing house. Stations in its history. Part 1 (1842-1945). Springer, Berlin 1992, ISBN 3-540-55221-9 , pp. 196-197.