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Gustav V.R. Born: The Born Family
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The Born Family
in Göttingen and Beyond

By Gustav V. R. Born




ISBN 978-3-938016-05-3
Euro 15,80 [D + CH], 16,00 [A], 19,00 [USA + non-EU] - shipping costs inclusive!

70 p., 53 figures in the book (28 sw-, 17-duoton- und 8 colored figures) plus two on the cover, 14,8x21 cm, thread-stiched, softcover,
language: english!
Göttingen Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte 10.12.2002, foreword by Professor Dr. Nicolaas Rupke, produced by Wolfgang Böker.


The physicist and Nobel prizewinner Max Born is the most well known member of a prominent Silesian family of researchers and scholars. His wife, Hedwig Ehrenberg, also comes from a family of both scholars and industrialists. For Born, the time he spent in Göttingen, the university town in southern Lower Saxony where he studied by Hermann Minkowski and David Hilbert and his wife had a number of relatives, was the most decisive period of his career.

Göttingen the "Mekka" of Physics and Mathematics in the 1920s and early 1930s was home to Born and his family until 1933 when he was forced by the Nazis to emigrate to England. After World War II, Max and Hedwig Born lived in Bad Pyrmont, a spa not far from Göttingen. In 1953 the City of Göttingen awarded him an Honorary Citizenship.

In his recollections about the Born Family in Göttingen, Gustav Born, the son of Max Born, describes the many ties that bind the family to Göttingen. In these recollections, Gustav Born does not only rely of his own memories or on family tales and legends. He also uses the documents of the family archive, including letters and poems written by Max Born.

The result is a very personal history of the Born family from the early 19th century into the 20th century. The many photos and illustrations provide a fascinating look into the world of the German-Jewish upper middle class of this period, a world which formed and influenced Max Born.


Gustav Victor Rudolf Born was born in Göttingen 1921 as the son of Max Born (Nobel laureate in Physics 1954). In 1933 the Born family was forced to leave Germany and settled in Britain. Gustav Born obtained his medical degree at Edinburgh University and his research doctorate in Oxford. During his long and distinguished academic career, Born has held chairs of pharmacology at the Royal College of Surgeons, at Cambridge University, and at King's College London. At present he is Research Professor at the William Harvey Research Institute in London.

Born has made outstanding contributions to knowledge of the pathophysiology of the circulation, particularly of haemostasis, thrombosis and atherogenesis. His many honours include the fellowship and the Royal Medal of the Royal Society and nine honorary doctorates. Göttingen university awarded him the Albrecht von Haller Medal. Married to the physician Faith Born, Gustav Born has five children and seven grandchildren.

Hedwig and Max Born 1913
on honeymoon in Bad Pyrmont

Viktor Weisskopf, Maria Göppert and Max Born
on bicycles in Göttingen in the 1920s

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