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Goethe University (german: Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main) is a
university A university () is an educational institution, institution of higher education, higher (or Tertiary education, tertiary) education and research which awards academic degrees in several Discipline (academia), academic disciplines. Universities typ ...

university
located in
Frankfurt am Main Frankfurt, officially Frankfurt am Main (; Hessian dialects, Hessian: , "Franks, Frank ford (crossing), ford on the Main (river), Main"; french: Francfort-sur-le-Main), is the most populous city in the States of Germany, German state of Hess ...

Frankfurt am Main
, Germany. It was founded in 1914 as a citizens' university, which means it was founded and funded by the wealthy and active liberal citizenry of Frankfurt. The original name was Universität Frankfurt am Main. In 1932, the university's name was extended in honour of one of the most famous native sons of Frankfurt, the poet, philosopher and writer/dramatist
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German German(s) may refer to: Common uses * of or related to Germany * Germans, Germanic ethnic group, citizens of Germany or people of German ancestry * For citizens of G ...

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
. The university currently has around 45,000 students, distributed across four major campuses within the city. The university celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014. The first female president of the university,
Birgitta Wolff Birgitta Wolff (born 14 July 1965 in Münster) is a German economist, politician of the Christian Democratic Union (Germany), Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and former president of the Goethe University of Frankfurt (2015–2020). She served as m ...
, was sworn into office in 2015, and was succeeded by
Enrico Schleiff Enrico Schleiff (born 17 November 1971) is a German biologist and physicist, and the president of the Goethe University Frankfurt, serving since 1 January 2021. Career Schleiff studied physics at the Charles University in Prague from 1990 to 1992 a ...
in 2021. 20 Nobel Prize winners have been affiliated with the university, including
Max von Laue Max Theodor Felix von Laue (; 9 October 1879 – 24 April 1960) was a German physicist who received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1914 for his discovery of the diffraction of X-rays by crystals. In addition to his scientific endeavors with co ...

Max von Laue
and
Max Born Max Born (; 11 December 1882 – 5 January 1970) was a German physicist A physicist is a scientist A scientist is a person who conducts Scientific method, scientific research to advance knowledge in an Branches of science, area of intere ...

Max Born
. The university is also affiliated with 18 winners of the
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (german: Förderpreis für deutsche Wissenschaftler im Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Programm der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft), in short Leibniz Prize, is awarded by the German Research Foundation to "exceptio ...
. Goethe University is part of the
IT cluster Rhine-Main-Neckar The IT cluster Rhine-Main-Neckar, also known as Silicon Valley of Germany, is one of the most important locations of the IT and high-tech industry worldwide. It is concentrated in the Rhine-Main The Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region, often simply refe ...
. The
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz The Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (german: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz) is a public university, public research university in Mainz, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany, named after the printer Johannes Gutenberg since 1946. With approx ...
, the Goethe University Frankfurt and the
Technische Universität Darmstadt The Technische Universität Darmstadt (official English name Technical University of Darmstadt, sometimes also referred to as Darmstadt University of Technology), commonly known as TU Darmstadt, is a research university A research university is ...

Technische Universität Darmstadt
together form the
Rhine-Main-Universities The Rhine-Main-Universities (RMU), in German ''Rhein-Main-Universititäten'', is a strategic alliance of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main and Technische Universität Darmstadt. Study ...
(RMU).


History

The historical roots of the university can be traced back as far as 1484, when a City Council Library was established with a bequest from the patrician Ludwig von Marburg. Merged with other collections, it was renamed City Library in 1668 and became the university library in 1914. Depending on the country, the date of foundation is recorded differently. According to Anglo-American calculations, the founding date of Goethe University would be 1484. In Germany, the date on which the right to award doctorates is granted is considered the founding year of a university. The modern history of the University of Frankfurt can be dated to 28 September 1912, when the foundation contract for the “Königliche Universität zu Frankfurt am Main" (Royal University at Frankfurt on the Main) was signed at the Römer, Frankfurt's town hall. Royal permission for the University was granted on 10 June 1914, and the first enrollment of students began on 16 October 1914. Members of Frankfurt's Jewish community, including the
Speyer family The Speyer family is a prominent Jewish Jews ( he, יְהוּדִים ISO 259-2 , Israeli pronunciation ) or Jewish people are members of an ethnoreligious group and a nation originating from the Israelites Israelite origins and kingdom: ...
, Wilhelm Ralph Merton, and the industrialists Leo Gans and
Arthur von Weinberg Arthur von Weinberg (11 August 1860, in Frankfurt am Main Frankfurt, officially Frankfurt am Main (; Hessian: ''Frangford am Maa'', " Frank ford The Ford Motor Company, commonly known as Ford, is an American multinational automaker t ...
donated two thirds of the foundation capital of the University of Frankfurt. The university has been best known historically for its
Institute for Social Research The Institute for Social Research ''Social Research: An International Quarterly'' is a quarterly academic journal An academic or scholarly journal is a periodical publication in which Scholarly method, scholarship relating to a particular list ...
(founded 1924), the institutional home of the
Frankfurt School The Frankfurt School (german: Frankfurter Schule) was a school of social theory and critical philosophy associated with the Institute for Social Research The Institute for Social Research ''Social Research: An International Quarterly'' is a ...
, a preeminent 20th-century school of
philosophy Philosophy (from , ) is the study of general and fundamental questions, such as those about Metaphysics, existence, reason, Epistemology, knowledge, Ethics, values, Philosophy of mind, mind, and Philosophy of language, language. Such questio ...

philosophy
and social thought. Some of the well-known scholars associated with this school include
Theodor Adorno Theodor is a masculine given name. It is a German form of TheodoreTheodore may refer to: Places * Theodore, Alabama, United States * Theodore, Australian Capital Territory * Theodore, Queensland, a town in the Shire of Banana, Australia * Th ...
,
Max Horkheimer Max Horkheimer (; ; 14 February 1895 – 7 July 1973) was a German philosopher and sociologist who was famous for his work in critical theory as a member of the Frankfurt School of social research. Horkheimer addressed authoritarianism, militaris ...

Max Horkheimer
, and
Jürgen Habermas Jürgen Habermas (, ; ; born 18 June 1929) is a German philosopher A philosopher is someone who practices philosophy Philosophy (from , ) is the study of general and fundamental questions, such as those about reason, Metaphysics, e ...
, as well as
Herbert Marcuse Herbert Marcuse (; ; July 19, 1898 – July 29, 1979) was a German-American philosophy, philosopher, sociology, sociologist, and political philosophy, political theorist, associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory. Born in Berlin, Ma ...
,
Erich Fromm Erich Seligmann Fromm (; ; March 23, 1900 – March 18, 1980) was a German social psychologist Social psychology is the scientific study of how the thoughts, feelings, and behavior Behavior (American English) or behaviour (Britis ...

Erich Fromm
, and
Walter Benjamin Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin (; ; 15 July 1892 – 26 September 1940) was a German Jewish philosopher A philosopher is someone who practices philosophy. The term ''philosopher'' comes from the grc, φιλόσοφος, , translit=philo ...

Walter Benjamin
. Other well-known scholars at the University of Frankfurt include the sociologist
Karl Mannheim Karl Mannheim (born Károly Manheim, 27 March 1893 – 9 January 1947) was an influential German sociology, sociologist during the first half of the 20th century. He is a key figure in classical sociology, as well as one of the founders of the soc ...
, the philosopher
Hans-Georg Gadamer Hans-Georg Gadamer (; ; February 11, 1900 – March 13, 2002) was a German German(s) may refer to: Common uses * of or related to Germany * Germans, Germanic ethnic group, citizens of Germany or people of German ancestry * For citizens o ...

Hans-Georg Gadamer
, the philosophers of religion
Franz Rosenzweig Franz Rosenzweig (, ; 25 December 1886 – 10 December 1929) was a Germany, German theology, theologian, philosophy, philosopher, and Translation, translator. Early life and education Franz Rosenzweig was born in Kassel, Germany to a middle-cla ...

Franz Rosenzweig
,
Martin Buber Martin Buber ( he, מרטין בובר; german: Martin Buber; yi, מארטין בובער; February 8, 1878 – June 13, 1965) was an Austrian Jewish and Israeli philosopher A philosopher is someone who practices philosophy Philosophy ...

Martin Buber
, and
Paul Tillich Paul Johannes Tillich (August 20, 1886 – October 22, 1965) was a German-American Christian existentialist philosopher and Lutheran Protestant Protestantism is a form of Christianity that originated with the 16th-century Reformation, a ...
, the psychologist
Max Wertheimer Max Wertheimer (April 15, 1880 – October 12, 1943) was an Austro-Hungarian-born psychologist who was one of the three founders of Gestalt psychology, along with Kurt Koffka and Wolfgang Köhler. He is known for his book, ''Productive Thinking'', a ...
, and the sociologist
Norbert Elias Norbert Elias (; 22 June 1897 – 1 August 1990) was a German sociologist who later became a British citizen. He is especially famous for his theory of civilizing/decivilizing processes. Biography Elias was born on 22 June 1897 in Breslau ...
. The University of Frankfurt has at times been considered liberal, or left-leaning, and has had a reputation for
Jew Jews ( he, יְהוּדִים ISO 259-2 ISO The International Organization for Standardization (ISO ) is an international standard An international standard is a technical standard A technical standard is an established norm (social), ...

Jew
ish and
Marxist Marxism is a method of socioeconomic Socioeconomics (also known as social economics) is the social science that studies how economic activity affects and is shaped by social processes. In general it analyzes how modern society, societies soci ...
(or even Jewish-Marxist) scholarship . During the
Nazi Nazism ( ), officially National Socialism (german: Nationalsozialismus, ), is the ideology An ideology () is a set of belief A belief is an Attitude (psychology), attitude that something is the case, or that some proposition about th ...

Nazi
period, "almost one third of its academics and many of its students were dismissed for racial and/or political reasons—more than at any other German university" . The university also played a major part in the
German student movement The West German student movement or sometimes called the 1968 movement in West Germany was a social movement that consisted of mass student protests Campus protest or student protest is a form of student activism that takes the form of protes ...
of 1968. The university also has been influential in the natural sciences and medicine, with Nobel Prize winners including
Max von Laue Max Theodor Felix von Laue (; 9 October 1879 – 24 April 1960) was a German physicist who received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1914 for his discovery of the diffraction of X-rays by crystals. In addition to his scientific endeavors with co ...

Max von Laue
and
Max Born Max Born (; 11 December 1882 – 5 January 1970) was a German physicist A physicist is a scientist A scientist is a person who conducts Scientific method, scientific research to advance knowledge in an Branches of science, area of intere ...

Max Born
, and breakthroughs such as the
Stern–Gerlach experiment The Stern–Gerlach experiment demonstrated that the spatial orientation of angular momentum In physics, angular momentum (rarely, moment of momentum or rotational momentum) is the rotational equivalent of linear momentum. It is an important ...
. In recent years, the university has focused in particular on law, history, and economics, creating new institutes, such as the Institute for Law and Finance (ILF) and the
Center for Financial Studies The Center for Financial Studies (CFS) (German language, German: Gesellschaft für Kapitalmarktforschung), located in Frankfurt am Main, is an independent research institute affiliated to the Goethe University Frankfurt. CFS conducts applied resear ...
(CFS) . One of the university's ambitions is to become Germany's leading university for finance and economics, given the school's proximity to one of Europe's financial centers. In cooperation with
Duke University Duke University is a Private university, private research university in Durham, North Carolina. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity, North Carolina, Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, t ...
’s
Fuqua School of Business The Fuqua School of Business (pronounced ) is the business school of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. It enrolls more than 1,300 students in degree-seeking programs. Duke Executive Education also offers non-degree business education and ...
, the Goethe Business School offers an
M.B.A. A Master of Business Administration (MBA; also Master's in Business Administration) is a graduate degree Postgraduate education (graduate education in North America) involves learning and studying for Academic degree, academic or profession ...
program. Goethe University has established an international award for research in financial economics, the
Deutsche Bank Prize in Financial Economics The Deutsche Bank Prize in Financial Economics honors renowned researchers who have made influential contributions to the fields of finance and money and macroeconomics Macroeconomics (from the Greek prefix ''makro-'' meaning "large" + ''economi ...
.


Organization

The university consists of 16 faculties. Ordered by their sorting number, these are: * 01. Rechtswissenschaft (Law) * 02. Wirtschaftswissenschaften (Economics and Business Administration) * 03. Gesellschaftswissenschaften (Social Sciences) * 04. Erziehungswissenschaften (Educational Sciences) * 05. Psychologie und Sportwissenschaften (Psychology and Sports Sciences) * 06. Evangelische Theologie (Protestant Theology) * 07. Katholische Theologie (Roman Catholic Theology) * 08. Philosophie und Geschichtswissenschaften (Philosophy and History) * 09. Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaften (Faculty of Linguistics, Cultures, and Arts) * 10. Neuere Philologien (Modern Languages) * 11. Geowissenschaften/Geographie (Geosciences and Geography) * 12. Informatik und Mathematik (Computer Science and Mathematics) * 13. Physik (Physics) * 14. Biochemie, Chemie und Pharmazie (Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacy) * 15. Biowissenschaften (Biological Sciences) * 16. Medizin (Medical Science) In addition, there are several co-located research institutes of the
Max Planck Society The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (german: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e. V.; abbreviated MPG) is a formally independent non-governmental and non-profit association of German German(s) may refer t ...
: * Max Planck Institute of Biophysics *
Max Planck Institute for Brain Research The Max Planck Institute for Brain Research is located in Frankfurt, Germany. It was founded as Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Brain Research in Berlin 1914, moved to Frankfurt-Niederrad in 1962 and more recently in a new building in Frankfurt-Riedb ...
* Max Planck Institute for European Legal History


Campuses

The University is located across four campuses in Frankfurt am Main: * Campus Westend: Headquarters of the university, also housing Social sciences, Pedagogy, Psychology, Theology, Philosophy, History, Philology, Archaeology, Law, Economics and Business Administration, Human geography * Campus Bockenheim: University library, Mathematics, Computer science, Art history, Fine Arts * Campus Riedberg: Pharmacy, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Geosciences and Geography * Campus Niederrad: Medical science, Dentistry, University hospital * Campus Ginnheim: Sports.


Campus Westend

“Campus Westend” of the University is dominated by the
IG Farben Building The IG Farben Building – also known as the Poelzig Building and the Abrams Building, formerly informally called The Pentagon of Europe – is a building complex in Frankfurt Frankfurt, officially Frankfurt am Main (; Hessian dialects, ...
by architect Hans Poelzig, an example of the
modernist Modernism is both a philosophical movement A philosophical movement refers to the phenomenon defined by a group of philosophers A philosopher is someone who practices philosophy Philosophy (from , ) is the study of general and ...

modernist
New Objectivity , New York. The New Objectivity (in german: Neue Sachlichkeit) was a movement in German art that arose during the 1920s as a reaction against German Expressionism, expressionism. The term was coined by Gustav Friedrich Hartlaub, the director of th ...
style. The style for the IG Farben Building was originally chosen as "a symbol for the scientific and mercantile German manpower, made out of iron and stone", as the
IG Farben Interessengemeinschaft Farbenindustrie AG (), commonly known as IG Farben (German for "IG Colors"), was a German chemical and pharmaceutical conglomerate Conglomerate or conglomeration may refer to: * Conglomerate (company) * Conglomerate (geo ...
director at the time of construction, Baron von Schnitzler, stated in his opening speech in October 1930. After the university took over the complex, new buildings were added to the campus. On 30 May 2008, the
House of Finance
House of Finance
relocated to a new building designed by the architects Kleihues+Kleihues, following the style of the IG Farben Building. The upper floors of the House of Finance building have several separate offices as well as shared office space for researchers and students. The ground floor is open to the public and welcomes visitors with a spacious, naturally lit foyer that leads to lecture halls, seminar rooms, and the information center, a 24-hour reference library. The ground floor also accommodates computer rooms and a café. The floors, walls and ceiling of the foyer are decorated with a grid design that is continued throughout the entire building. The flooring is inspired by Raphael's mural, ''The School of Athens''.


Goethe Business School

The Goethe Business School is a graduate business school at the university, established in 2004, part of the House of Finance at the Westend Campus and the IKB building. it is a non-profit foundation under private law held by the university. The Chairman of the Board at Goethe Business School, Rolf E. Breuer, is former Chairman of the Supervisory Board of
Deutsche Bank Deutsche Bank AG () is a German multinational investment bank Investment is the dedication of an asset to attain an increase in value over a period of time. Investment requires a sacrifice of some present asset, such as time, money, or effo ...

Deutsche Bank
. Goethe Business School has a partnership in Executive Education with the
Indian School of Business The Indian School of Business (ISB) is a private Private or privates may refer to: Music * "In Private "In Private" was the third single in a row to be a charting success for United Kingdom, British singer Dusty Springfield, after an absen ...
(ISB) in Hyderabad .


The Deutsche Bank Prize

The
Deutsche Bank Prize in Financial Economics The Deutsche Bank Prize in Financial Economics honors renowned researchers who have made influential contributions to the fields of finance and money and macroeconomics Macroeconomics (from the Greek prefix ''makro-'' meaning "large" + ''economi ...
honors renowned researchers who have made influential contributions to the fields of finance and money and macroeconomics, and whose work has led to practical and policy-relevant results. It is awarded biannually, since 2005, by the
Center for Financial Studies The Center for Financial Studies (CFS) (German language, German: Gesellschaft für Kapitalmarktforschung), located in Frankfurt am Main, is an independent research institute affiliated to the Goethe University Frankfurt. CFS conducts applied resear ...
, in partnership with Goethe University Frankfurt. The award carries an endowment of €50,000, which is donated by the Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank im Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft.


Notable alumni (partial list)

*
Theodor W. Adorno
Theodor W. Adorno
(1903–1969), double Ordinarius of philosophy and sociology and member of the
Frankfurt School The Frankfurt School (german: Frankfurter Schule) was a school of social theory and critical philosophy associated with the Institute for Social Research The Institute for Social Research ''Social Research: An International Quarterly'' is a ...
*
Max Horkheimer Max Horkheimer (; ; 14 February 1895 – 7 July 1973) was a German philosopher and sociologist who was famous for his work in critical theory as a member of the Frankfurt School of social research. Horkheimer addressed authoritarianism, militaris ...

Max Horkheimer
, member of the
Frankfurt School The Frankfurt School (german: Frankfurter Schule) was a school of social theory and critical philosophy associated with the Institute for Social Research The Institute for Social Research ''Social Research: An International Quarterly'' is a ...
*
Alex Karp Alexander Karp (born October 2, 1967) is an American businessman and the co-founder and CEO of the software firm Palantir Technologies. Early life and education The son of a Jewish father and an African American mother, Karp was raised in a Jewish ...
, co-founder of
Palantir Technologies Palantir Technologies is a Public company, public American software company that specializes in big data analytics. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, it was founded by Peter Thiel, Nathan Gettings, Joe Lonsdale, Stephen Cohen (entrepreneur), Steph ...
and American billionaire *
Jürgen Habermas Jürgen Habermas (, ; ; born 18 June 1929) is a German philosopher A philosopher is someone who practices philosophy Philosophy (from , ) is the study of general and fundamental questions, such as those about reason, Metaphysics, e ...
, sociologist and a philosopher *
Hans Bethe Hans Albrecht Bethe (; July 2, 1906 – March 6, 2005) was a German-American German Americans (german: Deutschamerikaner, ) are Americans who have full or partial Germans, German ancestry. With an estimated size of approximately 43 million ...

Hans Bethe
, theoretical physicist (Nobel Prize 1967) *
Max Born Max Born (; 11 December 1882 – 5 January 1970) was a German physicist A physicist is a scientist A scientist is a person who conducts Scientific method, scientific research to advance knowledge in an Branches of science, area of intere ...

Max Born
, theoretical physicist and mathematician (Nobel Prize 1954) *
Klaus Bringmann Klaus Bringmann (28 May 1936, in Bad Wildungen Bad Wildungen, officially the City of Bad Wildungen (German: Stadt Bad Wildungen), is a state-run spa and a small town in Waldeck-Frankenberg district in Hesse Hesse (, , ) or Hessia (, ; german: ...
, historian *
Rolf van Dick Rolf van Dick (born 5 April 1967 in Duisburg) is a social psychologist in Germany. "Prof. Dr. Rolf van Dick" (faculty data page), Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany, 2011, webpage: GUHe serves as Vice President at Goethe University, Frankfu ...

Rolf van Dick
, social psychologist *
Paul Ehrlich Paul Ehrlich (; 14 March 1854 – 20 August 1915) was a Nobel Prize The Nobel Prizes ( ; sv, Nobelpriset ; no, Nobelprisen ) are five separate prizes that, according to Alfred Nobel Alfred Bernhard Nobel ( , ; 21 October 1833  ...

Paul Ehrlich
, Nobel Prize Winner 1908 *
Walter Gerlach Walther Gerlach (1 August 1889 – 10 August 1979) was a German physicist A physicist is a scientist A scientist is a person who conducts Scientific method, scientific research to advance knowledge in an Branches of science, area of intere ...
, theoretical physicist *
Walter Hallstein Walter Hallstein (17 November 1901 – 29 March 1982) was a German academic, diplomat and statesman who was the first President of the Commission of the European Economic Community The European Economic Community (EEC) was a regiona ...
(1901–1982), first
President of the European Commission The president of the European Commission is the head of the European Commission The European Commission (EC) is the executive branch The executive is the branch of government exercising authority in and holding Moral responsibility, ...
* Helmut Kiener, psychologist turned investment professional, founder of the
ponzi scheme A Ponzi scheme (, ) is a form of fraud In law Law is a system A system is a group of Interaction, interacting or interrelated elements that act according to a set of rules to form a unified whole. A system, surrounded and inf ...
K1 fund * Vladimir Košak, economist, lawyer, politician and diplomat *
Josef Mengele or ) * Wolfgang Gerhard (burial name) , allegiance = Nazi Germany , branch = Schutzstaffel , serviceyears = 1938–1945 , rank = ''Schutzstaffel, SS''-''Hauptsturmführer'' (Captain) , servicenumber = , battles ...
, officer and a physician in the
Nazi concentration camp From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany operated more than a thousand concentration camps, (officially) or (more commonly). The Nazi concentration camps are distinguished from other types of Nazi camps such as forced-labor camps, as well as concent ...
Auschwitz The Auschwitz concentration camp () was a complex of over 40 concentration In chemistry Chemistry is the scientific Science () is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge Knowledge is a familiarity or ...

Auschwitz
*
Oskar Dirlewanger Oskar Paul Dirlewanger (26 September 1895 – ) was a German military officer ( SS-Oberführer) and war criminal who served as the founder and commander of the Nazi Nazism (), officially National Socialism (german: Nationalsozialismus; ...
, officer, who served as the founder and commander of the infamous Nazi SS penal unit " Dirlewanger" during World War II *
Boudewijn Sirks:''Sirks leads here. For places and people named Sirk, see Sirk (disambiguation)'' Adriaan Johan Boudewijn Sirks (born 14 September 1947), known as Boudewijn Sirks and as A. J. B. Sirks, is a Dutch (ethnic group), Dutch academic lawyer and papyrolog ...
, Professor of the History of Ancient Law from 1997 to 2005, later Regius Professor of Civil Law at
Oxford Oxford () is a city in England. It is the county town In the United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain,Usage is mixed. The Guardian' and Telegraph' u ...
*
Walter Greiner Walter Greiner (29 October 1935 – 6 October 2016) was a German theoretical physicist. His research interests lay in atomic physics, heavy ion physics, nuclear physics, elementary particle physics (particularly in quantum electrodynamics and qua ...
, theoretical physicist in high energy physics * Alfred Schmidt, philosopher and translator * Horst Stöcker, theoretical physicist * Alexander R. Todd, Baron Todd, chemist * Moses Rothschild, innovator * Luciano Rezzolla, theoretical astrophysicist


Nobel Prize winners (alumni and faculty)

*
Paul Ehrlich Paul Ehrlich (; 14 March 1854 – 20 August 1915) was a Nobel Prize The Nobel Prizes ( ; sv, Nobelpriset ; no, Nobelprisen ) are five separate prizes that, according to Alfred Nobel Alfred Bernhard Nobel ( , ; 21 October 1833  ...

Paul Ehrlich
: 1908 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine *
Max von Laue Max Theodor Felix von Laue (; 9 October 1879 – 24 April 1960) was a German physicist who received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1914 for his discovery of the diffraction of X-rays by crystals. In addition to his scientific endeavors with co ...

Max von Laue
: 1914 Nobel Prize for Physics *
Otto Loewi Otto Loewi (; 3 June 1873 – 25 December 1961) was a German-born pharmacologist Pharmacology is a branch of medicine and pharmaceutical sciences concerned with drug or medication action, where a drug may be defined as any artificial, natu ...

Otto Loewi
: 1914 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine *
Paul Karrer Professor Paul Karrer FRS FRS may also refer to: Government and politics * Facility Registry System, a centrally managed Environmental Protection Agency database that identifies places of environmental interest in the United States * Family R ...

Paul Karrer
: 1937 Nobel Prize for Chemistry *
Otto Stern:''Otto Stern was also the pen name of German women's rights activist Louise Otto-Peters (1819–1895)''. Otto Stern (17 February 1888 – 17 August 1969) was a German- American physicist and Nobel laureate in physics. He was the second most n ...

Otto Stern
: 1943 Nobel Prize for Physics *
Max Born Max Born (; 11 December 1882 – 5 January 1970) was a German physicist A physicist is a scientist A scientist is a person who conducts Scientific method, scientific research to advance knowledge in an Branches of science, area of intere ...

Max Born
: 1954 Nobel Prize for Physics * Alexander Robertus Todd: 1957 Nobel Prize for Chemistry *
Karl Ziegler Karl Waldemar Ziegler (November 26, 1898 – August 12, 1973) was a German German(s) may refer to: Common uses * of or related to Germany * Germans, Germanic ethnic group, citizens of Germany or people of German ancestry * For citizens of Ger ...
: 1963 Nobel Prize for Chemistry *
Hans Bethe Hans Albrecht Bethe (; July 2, 1906 – March 6, 2005) was a German-American German Americans (german: Deutschamerikaner, ) are Americans who have full or partial Germans, German ancestry. With an estimated size of approximately 43 million ...

Hans Bethe
: 1967 Nobel Prize for Physics *
Niels Kaj Jerne Niels Kaj Jerne, FRS (23 December 1911 – 7 October 1994) was a Danish immunologist. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1984 with Georges J. F. Köhler and César Milstein "for theories concerning the specificity in devel ...
: 1984 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine *
Gerd Binnig Gerd Binnig (; born 20 July 1947) is a German German(s) may refer to: Common uses * of or related to Germany * Germans, Germanic ethnic group, citizens of Germany or people of German ancestry * For citizens of Germany, see also German natio ...
: 1986 Nobel Prize for Physics *
Jean-Marie Lehn Jean-Marie Lehn (born 30 September 1939) is a French chemist A chemist (from Greek ''chēm(ía)'' alchemy; replacing ''chymist'' from Medieval Latin ''alchemist'') is a scientist A scientist is a person who conducts Scientific method, scie ...

Jean-Marie Lehn
: 1987 Nobel Prize for Chemistry *
Hartmut Michel Hartmut Michel (born 18 July 1948) is a German biochemist Biochemists are scientists who are trained in biochemistry Biochemistry or biological chemistry, is the study of chemical processes within and relating to living organisms. A sub-di ...

Hartmut Michel
: 1988 Nobel Prize for Chemistry *
Reinhard Selten Reinhard Justus Reginald Selten (; 5 October 1930 – 23 August 2016) was a German economist An economist is a practitioner in the social sciences, social science discipline of economics. The individual may also study, develop, and apply ...

Reinhard Selten
: 1994 Nobel Prize for Economics *
Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Christiane (Janni) Nüsslein-Volhard (born 20 October 1942) is a German developmental biologist and 1995 Nobel Prize-winner. Nüsslein-Volhard earned her PhD in 1974 from the University of Tübingen, where she studied protein-DNA interaction. ...
: 1995 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine * Horst Ludwig Störmer: 1998 Nobel Prize for Physics * Günter Blobel: 1999 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine * : 2007 Nobel Prize for Physics


World rankings

*''
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The New York Times
'': Among the World's 10 best universities by employer choice. Goethe University was ranked 10 out of 150 universities in 2012. *
ARWU The ''Academic Ranking of World Universities'' (''ARWU''), also known as the Shanghai Ranking, is one of the annual publications of world university rankings. The league table was originally compiled and issued by Shanghai Jiao Tong University ...
World (Shanghai Rankings): 101–150 *
QS World University Rankings ''QS World University Rankings'' is an annual publication of university rankings College and university rankings are rankings of institutions in higher education Higher education is tertiary education leading to award of an academic degree. H ...
: 279


Points of interest

* Botanischer Garten der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, a botanical garden *
IG Farben Building The IG Farben Building – also known as the Poelzig Building and the Abrams Building, formerly informally called The Pentagon of Europe – is a building complex in Frankfurt Frankfurt, officially Frankfurt am Main (; Hessian dialects, ...


See also

* Frankfurt University Library * List of modern universities in Europe (1801–1945)


References


External links


University homepage

Verified University Twitter account
(in German)
Official University Instagram account
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