Renate Tobies

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Renate Tobies

Renate Tobies (born January 25, 1947 ) is a German historian of mathematics and natural science.

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After graduating from EOS Ernst Haeckel in Merseburg and at the same time obtaining a chemistry certificate, Tobies studied mathematics, chemistry and pedagogy in Leipzig for a state examination . Here she did her doctorate on the history of chemistry lessons and qualified as a professor in the history of mathematics and natural sciences with a biography of Felix Klein under Hans Wußing .

She was at the Karl Sudhoff Institute in Leipzig until March 31, 1993 and from April 1, 1993 on the Sofja Kowalewskaja visiting professorship at the University of Kaiserslautern . She then worked as a visiting professor at the TU Braunschweig , the University of Göttingen , the University of Stuttgart and the University of Linz . Until she retired, she taught at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena .

Renate Tobies worked a. a. about Felix Klein and gender studies on mathematics teaching, mathematicians and natural sciences. She is in charge of the short biographies , a freely accessible database on the Internet that provides biographical information on people with a doctorate in mathematics . She also wrote a biography of the industrial mathematician Iris Runge .

Tobies is a corresponding member of the Academie internationale d´histoire des sciences in Paris.


  • Felix Klein . With colleagues from Fritz König. (= Biographies of outstanding natural scientists, technicians and physicians ; 5). Leipzig: Teubner, 1981.
  • Renate Tobies (Ed.): “Despite all male culture”. Women in math and science . With a foreword by Knut Radbruch . Campus, Frankfurt a. M./New York 1997, ISBN 3-593-35749-6 ( limited preview in Google Book Search. New edition 2008, ISBN 978-3-593-38614-0 ).
  • with Andrea Abele, Helmut Neunzert : dream job mathematics. Career paths in mathematics . Women and men - yesterday and today, Basel: Birkhäuser Verlag, 2004, ISBN 3-7643-6749-0
  • Biographical lexicon in mathematics for post-doctoral students from winter term 1907/08 to 1944/45 , Rauner Verlag 2006
  • Iris Runge. A Life at the Crossroads of Mathematics, Science and Industry , Birkhäuser 2012 (German edition Tomorrow I would like to calculate 100 wonderful things again. Iris Runge at Osram and Telefunken , Boethius 61, Franz Steiner Verlag 2010)
  • Felix Klein. Visions for mathematics, applications and teaching , Springer 2019

Web links

Commons : Renate Tobies  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Renate Tobies on his 60th birthday , NTM NS, 15 (2007), pp. 62–65