Hans-Georg Mehlhorn

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Hans-Georg Mehlhorn (born June 22, 1940 in Gera ; † November 17, 2011 in St. Gallen ) was a German creativity educator , former university professor in Leipzig and founder of numerous school projects not only in the field of gifted children.


After graduating from high school in 1959, Mehlhorn studied education in the fields of history and German at the University of Leipzig from 1961 to 1965 . He then worked as an assistant in history methodology at the Karl Marx University in Leipzig and did his doctorate at the chair for methodology of history teaching at the Institute for Education.

From 1970 to 1985 Mehlhorn was an employee and institute secretary at the Central Institute for Youth Research in Leipzig. From the mid-1970s, the youth and education department was set up, and he became its head. In 1975 he and Gerlinde Mehlhorn were able to obtain a doctorate in scientiae paed. PhD at the Humboldt University of Berlin (HUB). Extensive research on giftedness among young people followed.

In 1982 Mehlhorn received an honorary professorship at the chair of educational psychology at the HUB with Hans-Friedrich Rosenfeld.

1985 Mehlhorn became full professor for educational psychology with a chair at the University of Music in Leipzig.


Since 1966 he has published biographies of important German humanists and contributed to the creation of teaching aids on the subject of the Reformation and Peasant Wars for grade 6.

Mehlhorn founded six projects in 1991 alone:

  • the Leipzig Creativity Center as an educational and research institute
  • Publishing bookstore and agency Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Mehlhorn eK
  • the regional association of Saxony of the "German Society for Gifted Children"
  • (with K. Rudolf) the "German Society for Eastern and South Eastern Europe"
  • the regional association of Saxony of the "German-South African Society"
  • the "Education and Research Institute Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Mehlhorn" as Leipzig's creativity center, a freelance institution. The aim of the teaching activity was to build up an educator and teacher training program based on the findings of empirical research since 1987.

In 1992 the first creativity school was founded as a supplementary school in the leisure area in Leipzig, sponsored by the German Society for the Gifted Child (from 1994 sponsored by the BIP Creativity Center Leipzig GmbH).

In 1993 Mehlhorn left the university voluntarily and founded the BIP creativity center Leipzig bH (BIP stands for talent, intelligence, personality )

From 1997 the first BIP creativity elementary school with after-school care (BIP Mehlhornschule) was founded. BIP crèches, BIP kindergartens and two BIP creativity high schools followed. Corresponding facilities are now in Leipzig, Dresden, Gera, Chemnitz, Berlin and Neubrandenburg. More than 500 teachers and educators are employed at these facilities.

In 2002, Hans-Georg Mehlhorn founded the Mehlhorn Foundation . From 2004 she continued the tasks of his education and research institute. Since 2008, the corresponding activities have been continued in the newly founded Academy for Creativity Education in Leipzig . The Academy of Creativity Education in 2009 received the approval for the training of social workers at a vocational school and educators through the establishment of a new College of Social; the training of educators at the technical school began in 2010.

In 2010 Mehlhorn founded the Mehlhorn Schools Education Agency together with Janine Luther .

Creativity research in the GDR

The focus of the work of Hans-Georg Mehlhorn, together with his wife Gerlinde Mehlhorn, was intelligence and gifted research as well as creativity research. During the time at the Central Institute for Youth Research in Leipzig , research was carried out on the most gifted and capable personalities among schoolchildren, apprentices, students, young engineers, scientists and GDR-best inventors and individual interviews were carried out with top scientists. These included, as groups, classes with extended Russian lessons from class 3, students from special classes and special schools in various fields, math Olympians, winners of competitive shows and Olympics. After extensive validation of the results, conclusions for a future new education system were primarily drawn from 1980. For this purpose, possible generalizations of the development conditions of the world's most productive personalities were assumed and questions were asked about the possibilities of transferring them to all adolescents at all educational levels as well as about changes in the mediation process and the mediation content for educationalists, including parents. In 1987 and 1988 talent and creativity promoting projects could be carried out by children outside the sphere of influence of popular education. In 1988 the empirical project began with targeted interventions several times a week in four Leipzig experimental and control kindergartens. It was continued until 1993, the end of the fourth year of school for these children.


After Mehlhorn's death in 2011, there were legal disputes between his widow Gerlinde and Janine Luther over inheritance and succession, as well as the license payments from schools.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Leipziger Volkszeitung from 26./27. November 2011
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  4. Volkmar Weiss and Hans-Georg Mehlhorn: The main gene locus of general intelligence: Discrete and integer differences in the central information processing speed . Biologisches Zentralblatt 99 (1980) pp. 297-310
  5. Leipziger Volkszeitung, January 27, 2015: Dispute over the legacy of the Leipzig creativity educator Mehlhorn occupies the courts
  6. Leipziger Volkszeitung, February 18, 2015: Leipzig court decides: Mehlhorn's creativity center is entitled to his wife