Thomas Hänseroth

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Thomas Hänseroth (born November 14, 1952 in Meißen ) is a German technology historian .


Hänseroth studied industrial engineering and civil engineering at the Technical University of Dresden between 1973 and 1977 , from which he graduated with a diploma . This was followed by a three-year research course in technical and economic history at the TU Dresden. From 1980 to 1989, Hänseroth worked as a research assistant in the history of productive forces in the Philosophy and Cultural Studies section of the TU Dresden. Meanwhile, he received his PhD A and PhD B in 1984 , which was converted into a habilitation in 1991 . After reunification , he was initially acting director of the Institute for the History of Technology and Technical Sciences at the TU Dresden. Since 1993, Hänseroth has held the professorship for the history of technology and the history of technology at the TU Dresden and, on behalf of the Rector of the TU Dresden, publishes the journal "Dresden Contributions to the History of Technical Sciences" founded in 1980 by Rolf Sonnemann Technical science is committed.

Research activity

In his research, Hänseroth mainly deals with the professionalization of engineering , comparative historical innovation research , the comparative history of technology and science under National Socialism and in the GDR , the technical, economic and industrial history of Saxony and the history of construction .

From 2009 to 2014, Hänseroth headed the technical-historical sub-project "The promise of technology and altruism claims of engineers in the technocratic ultra-modern age (approx. 1880-1970)" within the framework of the special research area "Transcendence and Common Sense" of the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the TU Dresden ). Results were e.g. B. published in issue No. 33 (2012) of the "Dresden Contributions to the History of Technical Sciences". In 2012, on the occasion of Hänseroth's 60th birthday, Uwe Fraunholz and Sylvia Wölfel published the anthology on engineers in the technocratic state of the art. a. Helmuth Albrecht , Gerhard Barkleit , Reinhold Bauer , Günter Bayerl , Manfred Curbach , Matthias Heymann , Wolfgang König , Karl-Eugen Kurrer , Helmut Lackner and Klaus Mauersberger contributed.

Works (selection)


  • The dawn of modern construction. On the history of industrial construction, illustrated using the example of the development of assembly construction from the industrial revolution to the early thirties of the 20th century. TU, Dresden 1984 (Dissertation B).


  • Technology and science as productive forces in history. Rolf Sonnemann on his 70th birthday. Institute for the History of Technology and Technology, Dresden 1998.
  • History of machine tool construction in Saxony in the industrial age. Association for Saxon State History, Dresden 2000 (Saxonia; Vol. 6).
  • Electrical engineering and information technology at the TU Dresden in the GDR. Technical University, Dresden 2000, OCLC 174890038 .
  • Innovation cultures and expectations for progress in divided Germany. Böhlau, Cologne 2001, ISBN 3-412-07101-3 .
  • Mechanical engineering at the TU Dresden between science and practice from 1945 to the present. Technical University, Dresden 2001, ISBN 3-86005-279-9 .


  • Dorit Petschel : 175 years of TU Dresden. Volume 3: The professors of the TU Dresden 1828–2003. Edited on behalf of the Society of Friends and Supporters of the TU Dresden e. V. von Reiner Pommerin , Böhlau, Cologne a. a. 2003, ISBN 3-412-02503-8 , p. 321 f.

Web links


  1. Thomas Hänseroth; Uwe Fraunholz (Ed.): Transcendence and common sense. Dresden Contributions to the History of Technical Sciences No. 33 (2012)
  2. Uwe Fraunholz; Sylvia Wölfel (Ed.): Engineers in the technocratic ultra-modern. Münster / New York / Munich / Berlin: Waxmann 2012, ISBN 978-3-8309-2771-6 .