Herrmann AL Degener

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Herrmann August Ludwig Degener (born August 1, 1874 in Leipzig , † August 1, 1943 in Berlin ) was a German publisher and editor of the widespread biographical reference work Degener's Wer ist's? .


The son of a wholesaler completed an apprenticeship in bookselling in Leipzig and then continued his training in Heidelberg, Oxford and London. In November 1904, Degener founded the HA Ludwig Degener publishing house in Leipzig , to which he was an active partner until 1921. The lexicon of persons “Degener's Wer ist's? ". This work was published in ten editions by 1935 and developed into the most important biographical reference work of its time in Germany. In April 1910 the magazine publisher Degener & Co. was founded in Leipzig, from which Degener left at the end of 1919.

From 1911 to 1927, Degener was also chairman of the German Booksellers College. During this time he was also the treasurer of the Central Office for German Personal and Family History . In 1921 he signed a contract through which this central office was integrated into the German library in Leipzig. From 1921 until his death in 1943, Degener was managing director of the newly founded Verlag Chemie . Degener, who suffered from angina pectoris , died in 1943 on the day of his 69th birthday.

Degener was married to Cécile Louise Lonchamp since 1900.


  • 1915 or 1916 Royal Saxon War Merit Cross
  • 1931 August Wilhelm von Hofmann plaque from the German Chemical Society
  • 1931 Honorary Senator of the Technical University of Karlsruhe


  • Who is it 10th edition, Berlin 1935, p. 276.
  • Walter Ruske: Verlag Chemie 1921–1971. Weinheim (Bergstrasse) 1971, pp. 19–35 (with photo).

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Family history sheets. 14th year, issue 4, April 1916, col. 97-98.