Max Planck Institute for the History of Man

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Max Planck Institute for the History of Man
Max Planck Institute for the History of Man
Old building ("Villa") of the MPI for the History of Man
Category: research Institute
Carrier: Max Planck Society
Legal form of the carrier: Registered association
Seat of the wearer: Munich
Facility location: Jena
Type of research: Basic research
Subjects: Archeogenetics , archeology , language and cultural evolution
Basic funding: Federal government  (50%), states  (50%)
Management: Johannes Krause, Russell Gray, Nicole Boivin
Employee: about 140

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History ( english Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History , in short MPI SHH) is a in the Thuringian town of Jena -based non-university research institute that bears this name since, 2014. The institute, which belongs to the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science eV (MPG), deals today with "the development and application of new scientific methods with the aim of an integrated science of human history".

Management and departments

The two directors Johannes Krause and New Zealander Russell Gray have been in office since mid-2014 . In 2015, archaeologist Nicole Boivin (previously Oxford) was appointed third director.


  • Archaeogenetics , head: Johannes Krause
  • Archeology, direction: Nicole Boivin
  • Linguistic and cultural evolution, led by Russell Gray

It is planned to focus on research into the human microbiome .


The institute was originally founded in 1993 as the Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic Systems under Manfred E. Streit to research the transformation of the former socialist economies . In 2005 it was renamed the Max Planck Institute for Economics . This renaming took place because the focus of research shifted more and more to the "question of the driving forces and laws of economic change in general".

Due to the retirement of the two directors of the MPI for Economics, the Senate of the Max Planck Society decided in March 2014 to realign the institute scientifically and renamed it the Max Planck Institute for History and Natural Sciences and on November 21, 2014 Max Planck Institute for the History of Man .

Previously, research was carried out in the following four areas:


The MPI for the History of Man operates the Glottolog , a database and master's bibliography of languages ​​from all over the world, which are classified according to their genetic relationship . The project is led by the linguists Harald Hammarström and Martin Haspelmath and the programmer Robert Forkel.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. see information on the homepage, profile of the institute, status November 2016, accessed November 24, 2016
  2. ^ Website of the institute
  3. See the homepage of the Archeology Department , accessed on November 14, 2016.
  4. ^ Kurt W. Alt: Tartar - new ways to reconstruct our past , in: Archeology in Germany 02 | 2017, p. 34 f., Here: p. 35.
  5. ^ Website of the former MPI for Economics
  6. Credits , Glottolog, Version 4.1, accessed February 7, 2020.

Coordinates: 50 ° 55 ′ 4 "  N , 11 ° 34 ′ 41"  E