Otto Nacke

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Otto Nacke (born May 18, 1915 in Detmold ; † October 17, 2006 in Ehrsen ) was a German doctor who made a name for himself above all in the fields of medical-scientific documentation , statistics and data processing . The term informetry goes back to Nacke .

life and work

Nacke studied medicine from 1938 to 1944. He did his doctorate on space-consuming processes observed in military service . First he was a volunteer assistant at the Detmold State Hospital from 1946 to 1947, then from 1947 to 1950 at the Münster University Women's Clinic . In 1950 he took a job at the Bielefeld pension office .

In 1955 he was a co-founder of the medicine working committee of the "German Society for Documentation", which was a forerunner of today's German Society for Medical Informatics, Biometrics and Epidemiology (GMDS). Nacke also held leading positions in the GMDS and chaired numerous annual meetings.

On his initiative, the first medical documentation center in the Federal Republic of Germany was founded in 1956 with the "Documentation Center for Supply Medicine". The name was changed to "Institute for Documentation and Information on Social Medicine and Public Health" (idis) in 1976 in accordance with the increased requirements and responsibilities. Nacke ran the idis until he retired.

Nacke completed his habilitation in 1972 and was an adjunct professor at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster until his retirement in 1980 . After his retirement he headed the "Institute for Informetrics and Scientometry " he founded for a while , later the topic of "medical science research" became the focus of his activities.


Individual evidence

  1. Redaktionsbüro Harenberg: Knaurs Prominentenlexikon 1980. The personal data of celebrities from politics, economy, culture and society . With over 400 photos. Droemer Knaur, Munich / Zurich 1979, ISBN 3-426-07604-7 , Nacke, Otto, p. 325 .

Web links


  • Journal Information - Wissenschaft und Praxis (IWP), No. 56 (2005) 4, 240.