Ilse Jahn

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Ilse Jahn (born February 2, 1922 in Chemnitz , née Trommer; † May 8, 2010 in Berlin ) was a German biologist and museologist .


Ilse Trommer studied biology from 1941 to 1942. In 1942 she married Wilhelm Jahn; In 1943 daughter Isolde was born. Her husband died in Russia in April 1945 .

After the birth of her daughter, she first worked as a painter in Chemnitz. From 1952 to 1956 she continued her biology studies at the University of Jena and graduated with a diploma. Then she worked as an assistant at the Ernst Haeckel House in Jena . In 1963 she received her doctorate in Jena. From 1962 to 1967 she worked on the Alexander von Humboldt letter edition of the German Academy of Sciences in Berlin . From 1967 to 1982 she was curator at the Museum für Naturkunde at the Humboldt University in Berlin ; There she completed her habilitation in 1979 and became a lecturer in museology in 1980 . In 1986 she was elected to the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina .

Jahn's main field of work was the history of biology . In 2002 she was awarded the Treviranus Medal .

Fonts (selection)

  • On the trail of life. The biological research of Alexander von Humboldt . Leipzig, Jena, Berlin 1969.
  • with R. Löther and K. Senglaub: History of Biology. Theories, methods, institutions, short biographies . Gustav Fischer Verlag, Jena 1982 .; 3rd, revised and expanded edition, special edition. Nikol, Hamburg 1985 (Kassel 2004), ISBN 3-937872-01-9 .
  • Basics of the history of biology . Gustav Fischer Verlag and UTB, Jena 1990.
  • Darwin & Co. A History of Biology in Portraits / ed. by Ilse Jahn and Michael Schmitt. 2 volumes. Munich: CH Beck, 2001. ISBN 3-406-44642-6 .


  • Jahn, Ilse. In: Kürschner's German Scholars Calendar . 19th edition (2003). ISBN 3-598-23607-7 , Vol. 1, pp. 1463 f.
  • Short biography for:  Jahn, Ilse . In: Who was who in the GDR? 5th edition. Volume 1. Ch. Links, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-86153-561-4 .
  • Michael Schmitt : Memories of Ilse Jahn (1922-2010), the "Grande Dame" of the Central European historians of biology. In: Zoosystematics and Evolution. Vol. 88 (2011), pp. 13-17, doi: 10.1002 / zoos.201200002 .
  • Ekkehard Höxtermann: Ilse Jahn (1922-2010): an obituary. In: Meeting reports of the Society of Friends of Natural Sciences in Berlin. New episode, Vol. 49 (2013), pp. 173-176.
  • About the author. In: Honors Alexander von Humboldt in 1869 , University of Potsdam.
  • NTM congratulates (article on Ilse Jahn's 70th birthday), in: NTM International Journal of History & Ethics of Natural Sciences, Technology & Medicine, December 1993, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 57-64, with a bibliography of the writings of Jahn until August 1991

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Ilse Jahn's membership entry at the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina , accessed on March 20, 2014.
  2. The Treviranus Medal at the VBIO.