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Our ideals have been shaped by our history of more than 350 years – right from the very start. Each of the 13 generations of the Merck family has contributed in its own way, making us what we are today: a leading science and technology company.
Founded in 1668
We are unique. We have been developing further since 1668, thus creating a special identity. The shared values that underpin the company and shape its future are anchored in the past and are still practiced to this very day. We are reliable. Family-owned for 13 generations The features that have shaped the company for more than 350 years are not “over and done with”. Each generation has helped to build the foundations that form our current identity. Our success is based on our values, on courage, achievement, responsibility, respect, integrity, and transparency. These very values inform our approach to our day-to-day work, the way we face challenges, and our interactions with our customers, business partners, employees, owners, shareholders, and the family. For instance, what does courage look like? Courage is pharmacist Friedrich Jacob Merck leaving his hometown to go build a new life in far-away Darmstadt. Courage is expanding the company's presence to foreign continents early on. And sometimes even the addition of a tile to the mosaic has led to a brave new era, such as an active ingredient developed in Darmstadt that was on board the first manned mission to land on the moon.
Questions about history – solutions for the future
Change and stability, euphoria and sober perspectives, success and failure – over time a company experiences many extremes. Knowing and understanding this helps us to rise to challenges and develop ideas. The Corporate History research center collects, preserves, assesses, records, and scientifically processes everything that should and must be remembered in the interests of future-oriented actions. We reflect on the conceptual foundations of pharmacy, chemistry and medicine and answer questions about research and entrepreneurship.This work is done by an interdisciplinary team together with external cooperation partners using a broad range of methods. We offer professional advice, provide ideas and find solutions. High-quality scientific papers based on sound sources are written and used in professional and public discourse.
Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CET)
Please register to use the Merck Archives and the library.
Scientists from a wide variety of disciplines work together in the research center:
- Sabine Bernschneider-Reif, Pharmacist & Pharmaceutical Historian, Head of Corporate History
- Stephan Böhm, Historian & Ethnologist
- Peter Conradi, Historian
- Bodo von Eberstein, Historian
- Katja Glock, Historian
- Timo Gruber, Communications Scientist & Cultural Anthropologist
- Jutta Schimpf, Assistant
Numerous former managers work as volunteers:
- Dr. Werner Becker, Chemist
- Klaus-Peter Brandis, Lawyer
- Dr. Gabriele Disselhoff, Chemist
- Dr.-Ing. Rainer Hoffmann, Engineer
- Dr. Joachim Lindner, Chemist
- Peter Müller, Engineer
- Dr. Ingunn Possehl, Pharmacist & Historian
- Dr. Irmtraut Schläfer, Pharmacist
- Dr. Ulrich Schönefeld, Chemist
- Dr. Rolf Strauß, Pharmacist & Economist
- Annette Herberz
Do research work with us!
Please feel free to get in touch with us to exchange knowledge and ideas on a regular basis. We welcome the dialogue with you!