The story of our success goes back 350 years
350 years of history have shaped our ideals – from the very beginning. Each of the 13 generations of the Merck family has made its own contribution. That’s how we became what we are today: a leading science and technology company.
Change and consistency, euphoria and disenchantment, failures and success… over time, a company will experience many extremes. Insight provides the foundations for foresight: That’s why we’ve dedicated a special department to researching the history of our company.
How historic questions help create answers for the future
The ‘Corporate History’ department builds a historic understanding of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, reflecting on the conceptual foundations of pharmaceutics and chemistry, and answering questions in both research and business contexts. We carry out our work as an interdisciplinary team, cooperating with external partners and employing a wide range of methods. This way, high-quality scientific contributions based on professionally edited sources are created, influencing the industry's as well as the public debate. We offer expert guidance, deliver ideas and find solutions.
The Historical Library
Discover our work
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm. Prior registration is required for use of the archive and historical library.
From lectures and symposia to round-table talks we offer a variety of different opportunities for subject-specific or interdisciplinary exchanges on fascinating themes.
Scientists from a diverse range of disciplines work together in our department. Our team researches what once was, in order to offer ideas and solutions for the future.
- Sabine Bernschneider-Reif, pharmaceutical chemist & pharmaceutical historian
- Stephan Böhm, historian & ethnologist
- Peter Conradi, historian
- Bodo von Eberstein, academic historian
- Katja Glock, historian
- Timo Gruber, communications scientist & cultural anthropologist
- Ingunn Possehl, pharmaceutical chemist & historian, former head of the corporate archive
Volunteering with us are:
- Klaus-Peter Brandis, law specialist, former head of the legal department
- Joachim Lindner, former head of fire protection and safety
- Peter Müller, engineer
- Rolf Strauß, pharmaceutical chemist & economist, former head of Cascan
Do research with us!
We would be delighted to exchange ideas with you regularly, creating a symbiosis of knowledge and methods.