The “History of the Max Planck Society” research program is headed by Professor Jürgen Renn, Professor Carsten Reinhardt and Professor Jürgen Kocka. The committee combines a variety of perspectives on the research fields and working methods of the Max Planck Society, its institutes and their staff.
Jürgen Renn is director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, adjunct professor for the history of science at Humboldt-Universität Berlin and adjunct professor for physics at Freie Universität Berlin.
Carsten Reinhardt is professor for historical studies of science at the University of Bielefeld; between 2013 and 2016 he has served as president and executive director of the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia (USA).
Jürgen Kocka taught modern history and social history at Bielefeld University and Freie Universität Berlin from 1973 to 2009. He was the director of the Berliner Zentrum/Kolleg für vergleichende Geschichte Europas (FU and Humboldt-Universität Berlin) and president of the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB).