Herbert Lüers

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Herbert Lüers (born May 22, 1910 in Berlin ; † January 1, 1978 in Furtwangen ) was a German biologist and geneticist .


Lüers studied biology in Berlin, Königsberg and Greifswald. In 1948 he became head of the genetic department of the Institute for Medicine and Biology of the German Academy of Sciences . Professor at East Berlin's Humboldt University since 1951 , Lüers moved to the then Max Planck Institute for Comparative Hereditary Biology and Hereditary Pathology in West Berlin in 1954 and, two years later, became a professor for general biology and genetics at the Freie Universität University (FU) appointed.

From 1963 to 1965 Lüers was rector of the FU. The Kuby-Krippendorff affair, which became a milestone in the emerging protest movement , fell during his tenure . On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the end of the war in 1945, the AStA invited the publicist Erich Kuby to a panel discussion. Since Kuby had been critical of the name Freie Universität a few years earlier , Lüers asked the AStA to withdraw the invitation and threatened to ban the event otherwise. The FU assistant Ekkehart Krippendorff then accused Lüers in the Spandauer Volksblatt of having previously canceled a similar invitation to Karl Jaspers . This report later turned out to be wrong, which Krippendorff, as soon as he became aware of the facts, corrected it in the same newspaper without being asked. Nevertheless, Lüers shortly afterwards refused to extend his employment contract, which led to further student protests.


  • FREE UNIVERSITY: Poisoned semester . In: Der Spiegel . No. 32 , 1965, pp. 40 ( Online - Aug. 4, 1965 ).

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  1. ^ Ludwig von Friedeburg a. a., Free University and Political Potential of Students , Neuwied and Berlin 1968, p. 279.