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Marburg University

University of Marburg
Philipps-Universität Marburg
Established July 1, 1527
Type Public university
President Prof. Dr. Katharina Krause
Admin. staff ca. 7,500 (incl. hospital staff - 2005)
Students ca. 21,000
Location Marburg, Germany
Data as of 2010

The Lahnberge Campus is dedicated to the natural sciences. The image shows the Multiple Purpose Building, home of the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science, as well as laboratories for research into material sciences and physical chemistry.
The building of the nearby Biology Department is of the same architectural style.
The University Hospital along with the Department for Medical Studies is also located at the Lahnberge Campus.

The Philipp University of Marburg (German: Philipps-Universität Marburg), was founded in 1527 by Landgrave Philip I of Hesse (usually called the Magnanimous, although the updated meaning 'haughty' is sometimes given) as one of Germany's oldest universities, dating back to a Protestant foundation. As a modern state university it has no religious affiliation anymore.

It was the main university of the principality of Hesse and remains a public university of that German state. It now has about 23,000 students and 7,500 employees, making Marburg, a town of 83,000 inhabitants, the proverbial "university town" (Universitätsstadt). Though most subjects are grouped, the University of Marburg is not a campus university in the broader sense.

Marburg is home to one of Germany's most traditional medical faculties. The German physicians' union is called "Marburger Bund".

The department of psychology enjoys an outstanding reputation and reached Excellence Group status in the Europe-wide CHE Excellence Ranking 2009.


In 1609, the University of Marburg established the world's first professorship in chemistry. In 2012 it opened the first German chemistry participation museum, called "Chemicum". Its experimental courses program is aimed at encouraging young people to pursue careers in science.[1]

Nazi period

20 professors were expelled in 1933, among them Wilhelm Röpke who emigrated and Hermann Jacobsohn who committed suicide.

Famous alumni and professors

Famous natural scientists who studied or taught at the University of Marburg:

Marburg was always known as a humanities university. It retained that strength, especially in Philosophy and Theology for a long time after World War II. Famous theologians include:

Famous philosophers include:

Other famous students:

List of subjects

The University of Marburg offers a broad spectrum of subjects with research highlights in nano sciences, material sciences, near eastern studies, and medicine.

Collections of the University

  • Alter Botanischer Garten Marburg, the university's old botanical garden
  • Botanischer Garten Marburg, the university's current botanical garden
  • Forschungsinstitut Lichtbildarchiv älterer Orginalurkunden bis 1250 (Collection of photographies taken from medieval charters)
  • Bildarchiv Foto Marburg (German national picture archive of arts)
  • Religionskundliche Sammlung (Collection of religious objects)
  • Deutscher Sprachatlas (Linguistic Atlas of Germany)
  • Mineralogisches Museum (Museum of Mineralogy)
  • Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte (Museum of Arts)

Notes and references

See also

External links

  • Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • T. S. Eliot
  • Wilhelm Viëtor
  • Historical detention room (Karzer)

Coordinates: 50°48′39″N 8°46′25″E / 50.81083°N 8.77361°E / 50.81083; 8.77361

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