Kürschner's German Scholars Calendar

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Kürschner's Deutscher Schehrten-Kalender is a reference work that has existed since 1925 and lists the biographical data, addresses, main research areas and areas of work of scientists in the German-speaking area. It is published annually by Walter de Gruyter . In addition to the print version, there is a database with more than 73,970 entries and additional information on around 10,000 deceased people whose deaths have been determined since 1996, as well as information on 15,000 retired scientists. Admission criteria are usually the habilitation or the title of professor as well as work in research and teaching at a scientific institution.


Kürschner's German Scholars Calendar emerged from Kürschner's German Literature Calendar . The publisher's management was responding to a public need for a reference work for scientists. Thus created Gerhard Lüdtke (1875-1944), the first edition of the scholar calendar (1925) by excerpted entries to scientists from the literature calendar and updated.

The original plan to have the scholarly calendar published annually according to its name could not be adhered to with the third edition (1928). In the following decades the scholarly calendar appeared in loose succession with a steadily growing volume. The sixth edition (1940/41) appeared for the first time in two volumes.

The first post-war edition (1950) was taken care of by Gerhard Oestreich . In the 8th edition (1954) he decided to list only the new publications by scientists since 1950, not all publications up to then. This measure led to a streamlining of the edition, but met with criticism from users: If you wanted to find out all the publications by a scientist, you had to look up the current and previous edition, which was found to be cumbersome and time-consuming. In addition, the acquisition of both editions was unaffordable for some users and often difficult because of the limited number of editions of the editions.

The librarian Werner Schuder (1917 to 2006) took over the editing of the scholarly calendar after 1954 and kept it for several decades. He responded to the criticism of the eighth edition by making the publication lists in the ninth edition (1961) available again in full. As a result, the Scholars Calendar was first published in two volumes in 1961. The later editions grew in scope considerably, although the publication lists were greatly reduced. Since the 22nd edition (2009) the work comprises four volumes.

Latest issue

  • Kürschner's German Scholars Calendar 2020. 32nd edition (print & online). De Gruyter, Berlin 2019, ISBN 978-3-11-063067-1 .

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