Günther Oestmann, Bremen: Mechanical Clocks from Nürnberg and Augsburg in the 16th and 17th centuries.

September 13th, 11:30 – 12:30 Uhr

By the end of the Middle Ages Augsburg and Nürnberg had emerged as the leading cities in Germany for making both clocks and scientific instruments. In cooperation with other specialized trades, sumptuous cases were created, and clockmakers competed in inventing creative and complicated dials and indications. In the course of the 17th century, the two ‚free cities‘ lost their dominant role and horological innovation shifted to England, France and finally to Switzerland.

Günther Oestmann


Apprenticed as a clockmaker. University studies in Art History, History and the History of Science in Tübingen. Doctoral dissertation on the astronomical clock at Strassburg cathedral. 1993 Recipient of the Philippe – Matthäus – Hahn prize. Habilitation in the History of Science on the relationship of Heinrich Rantzau to Astrology. 2002 qualificaton as a Master Clock and Watchmaker in Karlstein, Austria. 2013 „Prix Gaïa“ recipient at the Musée International d’Horlogerie in La Chaux – de – Fonds (Category: History/Research). 2014 corresponding member of the Académie Internationale d’Histoire des Sciences (Paris). 2017 Professor for the History of Science at the Technischen Universität Berlin.