Gerhard Schenck

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Gerhard Schenck (born March 5, 1904 in Aabenraa ; † March 3, 1993 in Berlin ) was a German pharmacist , chemist and university professor.


From 1922, Schenck completed his apprenticeship as a pharmacist in the city pharmacy in Zittau and the Bodan pharmacy in Constance . From 1925 to 1927 he studied pharmacy and from 1927 to 1929 chemistry in Munich. In 1927 Schenk passed the pharmaceutical state examination, and in 1934 the main food chemist examination . In 1931 the doctorate to Dr. phil., which was followed by an assistantship at the Pharmaceutical-Chemical Institute in Munich until 1934.

In 1934 Schenk took over the management of the plant chemistry department at Knoll AG in Ludwigshafen . In 1936 he received a teaching position for pharmacy at the University of Heidelberg, which came about through the mediation of the scientific director at Knoll, who also taught in Heidelberg. In 1936 he completed his habilitation in Munich. After the pharmacy course in Heidelberg was discontinued in 1938 and Schenk had resigned from Knoll, he switched back to the University of Munich , where he was appointed associate professor in 1948 .

From the summer semester of 1949 he taught at the then newly founded Free University (FU) in what was then West Berlin - initially as a visiting professor, from 1950 as a full professor of pharmaceutical chemistry and applied pharmacy . From 1957 to 1959 he was rector of the Free University. During his tenure, he intervened several times against unpleasant political activities by the FU student representatives: for example, he banned the collection of signatures against lawyers who had been sentenced to death in the Third Reich and against former concentration camp doctors, and hindered a panel discussion with the American Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling by conducting admission controls and locking out numerous students and other interested parties.

From 1966 to 1969 Schenck was also President of the German Pharmaceutical Society , which made him an honorary member in 1984. In 1972 he retired.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Wolfgang U. Eckart, Volker Sellin, Eike Wolgast: The University of Heidelberg in National Socialism . Springer Verlag, 2006, p. 1166.
  2. Gerhard Schenck In: Der Spiegel. No. 30/1959, July 22, 1959 ( online ).