University of Marburg

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University of Marburg
Philipps-Universität Marburg
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Established July 1, 1527
Type Public university
President Prof. Dr. Katharina Krause
Admin. staff ca. 7,500 (incl. hospital staff - 2005)
Students ca. 25,000
Location Marburg, Germany
Data as of 2010
The administrative headquarters of the university
The Central Lecture Hall Building, which has been built to cater for the increased number of students
University of Marburg - Department of Social Sciences and University library
One of the two large university cafeterias and canteens is located on the bank of the Lahn river
The so-called Old University, housing the university church, the department for religious studies and a representative lecture hall.
Department for Economical Studies
Department of Psychology
The Lahnberge Campus is dedicated to the natural sciences. The image shows the Multiple Purpose Building, home of the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science, as well as laboratories for research into material sciences and physical chemistry.
The building of the nearby Biology Department is of the same architectural style.
The University Hospital along with the Department for Medical Studies is also located at the Lahnberge Campus.

The Philipp University of Marburg (German: Philipps-Universität Marburg), was founded in 1527 by Landgrave Philip I of Hesse (usually called the Magnanimous, although the updated meaning 'haughty' is sometimes given) as one of Germany's oldest universities, dating back to a Protestant foundation. As a state university it has no religious affiliation anymore.

It was the main university of the principality of Hesse and remains a public university of that German state. It now has about 25,000 students and 7,500 employees, making Marburg, a town of 72,000 inhabitants, the proverbial "university town" (Universitätsstadt). Though most subjects are grouped, the University of Marburg is not a campus university in the broader sense.

Marburg is home to one of Germany's most traditional medical faculties. The German physicians' union is called "Marburger Bund".

The departments of psychology and geography enjoy an outstanding reputation and reached Excellence Group status in the Europe-wide CHE Excellence Ranking 2009.


In 1609, the University of Marburg established the world's first professorship in chemistry. In 2012 it opened the first German chemistry participation museum, called "Chemicum". Its experimental courses program is aimed at encouraging young people to pursue careers in science.[1]

Nazi period[edit]

20 professors were expelled in 1933, among them Wilhelm Röpke who emigrated and Hermann Jacobsohn who committed suicide.


The university is most famous for its life sciences research, but is also home to one of the few centers that conduct research on the middle east, the CNMS (center for near and middle eastern studies). According to the 2012 QS Ranking, the university ranked among the top 30 German universities. The ARWU ranking which is more focused on research, ranks the university around 200,[2]with its life sciences and social sciences department in the 151-200 range worldwide.

Famous alumni and professors[edit]

Famous natural scientists who studied or taught at the University of Marburg:

Marburg was always known as a humanities university. It retained that strength, especially in Philosophy and Theology for a long time after World War II. Famous theologians include:

Famous philosophers include:

Other famous students:

List of subjects[edit]

The University of Marburg offers a broad spectrum[clarification needed] of subjects with research highlights in nano sciences, material sciences, near eastern studies, and medicine.

Collections of the University[edit]

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Coordinates: 50°48′39″N 8°46′25″E / 50.81083°N 8.77361°E / 50.81083; 8.77361

Ranking Rank
ARWU National 21
ARWU World 210[2]
QS National 30
QS World 40 1[3]