Who is Hoimar von Ditfurth?June 25, 2021
Hoimar von Ditfurth (15 October 1921, Berlin – 1 November 1989) was a German physician and science writer. Author Christian v. He is the father of Ditfurth and the journalist writer Jutta Ditfurth. He has received many awards throughout his life, including the Adolf Grimme Award in 1968, the Bambi Award in 1972, and the Kalinga Award in 1978.
Hoimar Gerhard Friedrich Ernst von Ditfurth (15.10.1921 -1.11.1989) German physician and science writer. He is known for his popular science writing and television broadcasting. Hoimar von Ditfurth was born on 15 October 1921 in Berlin. Hoimar von Ditfurth is a descendant of the classical linguist and national conservative Prussian cavalry captain Hans-Otto von Ditfurth. After graduating from Victoria High School in Potsdam, Germany in 1939 (today Helmholtz High School), he received his doctorate in 1946 after studying medicine, psychology and philosophy at universities in Berlin and Hamburg. From 1948 to 1960, he worked as an assistant doctor at the University of Würzburg hospital and also worked in higher positions. Ditfurth began teaching at the University of Wüzburg in 1959 and later became a lecturer in the fields of [psychiatry]] and neurology. In 1967 he became an associate professor at the University of Wuzburg Medical Faculty and in 1968 at the University of Heidelberg.
Ditfurth in 1960 C.F. He headed the so-called “Psycho Lab” at the Boehringer Mannheim pharmaceutical company and was responsible for the clinical testing of psychotropic drugs.
He published the journal “n+m” (Naturwissenschaft und Medizin/Natural Sciences and Medicine) between 1964-1971. Although the name of the journal was changed to “Mannheimer Forum” in 1972, it continued to be published until the end of Ditfurth’s life.
Ditfurth refused the managerial position in 1969, saying, “I don’t want to sacrifice my intellectual independence,” and made a living as a self-employed lecturer, publisher and science writer. He became very successful with popular science books and programs on German TV and radio channels such as WDR, SFB, ZDF.
In a bold attempt, he worked to bridge the gap between the natural sciences and the humanities. His working life was spent fighting pseudoscience (pseudoscience), creationism and anthropocentrism (anthropocentrism).
He became known to a wide audience with the TV series “Querschnitt” (Intersection), which he broadcast on ZDF (Second German Television) with Volker Arzt since 1971. Towards the end of the 1970s, he became much more interested in ecology and criticized the Western Catholic faith and economic order. He supported the Green Party in the election campaign of the early 1980s.
Hoimar von Ditfurth has four children with Heilwig von Raven, to whom he has been married since 1949: Jutta (b. 1951), Wolf-Christian (b. 1953), Donata-Friederike (b. 1956) and York-Alexander (b. 1957). ). His daughter Jutta von Ditfurth became a politician, while his son Christian von Ditfurth became a historian, journalist and writer.
Hoimar von Ditfurth was a member of the PEN-Zentrum (“Association of Poets, Essayists, Novelists”).
He succumbed to thyroid cancer on November 1, 1989. Ditfurth, who died in Freiburg im Breisgau, was buried in the city of Staufen.