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Historical Alumni of Rostock

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The university has promoted an extraordinary project for several years now. In its Catalogus Professorum Rostochiensium, the university lists all professors and leading minds of the university from its foundation in 1419 on.

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Below, you find a selection of Rostockean Alumni who were not necessarily lecturers at the university but studied here and, thus, laid the foundation of their career in our city.

  • Olaus Magnus (1490-1557), Swedish humanist, ethnologist and cartographer
  • Levinus Battus (1545-1591), Physician
  • David Chyträus (1530-1600), Theologian, Education Policy Maker and Historian, Professor of Theology since 1561
  • Tycho Brahe (1546-1601), Astronomer and Astrologer, studied in Rostock
  • Axel Gustafsson Oxenstierna (1583-1654), Swedish chancellor, strategist and statesman
  • Joachim Jungius (1587-1657), Mathematician, Physicist and Philosopher, Professor of Mathematics in Rostock from 1624 to 1628
  • Johann Christopher Jauch (1669-1725), Superintendent of Lueneburg, poet who wrote baroque poems and song texts
  • Oluf Gerhard Tychsen (1734-1815), Orientalist, Co-founder of Arabian Palaeography, Senior librarian from 1789 on
  • Samuel Gottlieb Vogel (1750-1837) Physician, Professor of Medicine in Rostock since 1789, Initiator of the first German Seaside Resort in Heiligendamm
  • Franz Christian Lorenz Karsten (1751-1829), Economist and Agricultural economist
  • Heinrich Friedrich Link (1767-1850), Natural scientist, Professor of Chemistry, Zoology and Phytology from 1792 to 1811
  • Johann Heinrich von Thünen (1783-1850), Economist and social reformer, Honorary doctorate of the University of Rostock awarded in 1830
  • Ferdinand Kämmerer (1784–1841) Jurist, Ordinarius from 1816 on
  • Carl Friedrich von Both (1789-1875), Jurist and, from 1836 to 1870, vice-chancellor of the University of Rostock
  • Fritz Reuter (1810-1874), Low German writer, Granting of the honorary doctorship of the University of Rostock in 1863, Studied law at the University of Rostock from 1831 on
  • John Brinckman (1814-1870), Low German poet, studied law at the University of Rostock from 1834 to 1838
  • Heinrich Schliemann (1822-1890), Archaeologist, Doctorate degree in Rostock as Dr. phil. 1869;Heinrich Schliemann Institute for Eastern Studies is named after him
  • August Zillmer (1831-1893), Actuary, Doctorate at the University of Rostock
  • Rudolf Berlin (1833-1897), Physician, Professor of Ophthalmology, Dean and Rector
  • Hermann Roesler (1834-1894), Economist and Jurist, 1861-1878 Professor of Political Economics, later consultant to the Japanese government regarding the reform of the legal system modelled on European systems
  • Albrecht Kossel (1853-1927) Physician and Physiologist, Doctorate degree at the University of Rostock in 1878, later Nobel laureate Medicine
  • Eugen Geinitz (1854-1925), Geologist and Mineralogist, Professor of Mineralogy and Geology, Director of the Mineralogical-Geological Institute
  • Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), Founder of Anthroposophy, Dr. phil. doctorate in Rostock 1891
  • Felix Genzmer (1878-1959), Jurist and Expert of Scandinavian studies, Translator of the Edda songs, Ordinarius of Public Law from 1920 to 1922
  • Gustav Mie (1868-1957), Physicist, Studied Physics at the University of Rostock from 1886 to 1889
  • Moritz Schlick (1882-1936), Philosopher, Habilitation in 1911, lecturer from 1911 to 1921, later initiator of the Viennese Circle; at the Institute of Philosophy of the Faculty of Humanities
  • Viktor Schilling (1883-1960), Physician, Co-founder of Hematology, Head of the University hospital
  • David Katz (1884-1953), Psychologist, from 1919-1933 Extraordinarius, later Ordinarius, conferred to emerited status by the National Socialists due to his Jewish origins
  • Hans Moral (1885-1933), ab 1920 erst from 1920 on international significant Extraordinarius, later Ordinarius of Dentistry, committed suicide after he was dismissed because of his Jewish origins; commemorative plaque in the foyer of the main university building
  • Walter H. Schottky (1886-1976), Physicist, Professor of theoretical Physics from 1923 to 1927
  • Karl von Frisch (1886-1980), Zoologist, later Nobel laureate, Ordinarius of Zoology from 1921 to 1923
  • Otto Stern (1888-1969), Physicist, Professor of Experimental physics from 1921 to 1923
  • Kurt von Fritz (1900–1985), classical philologist, Professor of Greek studies from 1933 to 1935
  • Walter Hallstein (1901-1982), Politician and Jurist, Professor of Private Law and Company Law from 1930 to 1941, later State Secretary in the German Chancellors Office and the Foreign Office and President of the European Economic Community Commission
  • Pascual Jordan (1902-1980), Physicist, Co-founder of Quantum mechanics, Extraordinarius, later Ordinarius of Physics from 1929 to 1944
  • Eugen Gerstenmaier (1906-1986), Theologian and Politician, Member of the Kreisauer Circle, later President of the German Bundestag, Promotion at the Faculty of Theology 1935
  • Fritz Mertsch (1906-1971), Statistician, studied Politology, Doctorate degree as Dr. rer. pol.
  • Gonzalo Rojas (1917-2011), Chilean poet, 1973-1975 Professorship
  • Arno Esch (1928-1951), Studied law, active member of the Liberal Democratic Party, condemned to death as declared opponent of communism; commemorative plaque in the foyer of the main university building
  • Walter Kempowski (1929-2007), Author, Honorary professor of Contemporary German Literature and Cultural History (from 2003 on)
  • Hans Apel (1932-2011), Politician, former Federal Minister of Finance, later Minister of Defence, from 1993 on Honorary professor of Financial Policy at the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences
  • Uwe Johnson (1934-1984), Author, Studied German language and literature at the University of Rostock from 1952 to 1956

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