Sexuality & Culture

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 356–358 | Cite as

Celebrating the 150th Birthday of Magnus Hirschfeld

  • Florian G. MildenbergerEmail author

Sexual science has a variety of founding fathers. Many female and male doctors, social scientists, ethnologists, historians and psychologists have made contributions during the 19th and 20th centuries, but only a few of them synthesized knowledge from all disciplines together to launch a new approach. These few researchers understood that human sexuality is a much bigger and more important issue than their own personal contributions. The first of them who put himself and his achievements behind the greater project of sexual science, sexual reform and sexual liberation, was the German physician Magnus Hirschfeld.

Hirschfeld was born in the former German (and now Polish) port city of Kolberg on May 14th 1868 as the son of Hermann Hirschfeld, a well known local medical authority who had also had an agitating role in the German Revolution of 1848. Magnus Hirschfeld studied Medicine in Breslau, Strasbourg, Munich, Heidelberg and Berlin from 1888 to 1892. In 1890 he performed military...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch FoundationStuttgartGermany

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