Professor Helmut Maier, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, has been awarded the Literature Prize of the German Chemical Industry Fund (Fonds der Chemischen Industrie, FCI) for his book “Chemiker im Dritten Reich“, which looks at the history of German chemical societies during the National Socialist dictatorship from 1933 to 1945. The award was presented during a special ceremony on October 17, 2016, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The prize honors authors who contribute to the understanding of topics related to chemistry.
The book had been commissioned by the Board of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society) and examines the activities of the predecessors of GDCh, the “Deutsche Chemische Gesellschaft” (DChG) and the “Verein Deutscher Chemiker” (VDCh).
Helmut Maier studied electrical engineering as well as modern history and the history of science at the Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany. He finished his habilitation at the Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Germany, in 2005, and joined the Ruhr-Universität Bochum as Professor for the History of Technology and the Environment in 2007. His work focuses on the history of weapons research in the time of National Socialism.
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