Curt Thesing

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Curt Egon Thesing (21 April 1879, Danzig, West Prussia – 25 May 1956, Bad Tölz, West Germany) was a German zoologist, publisher, populariser of science and translator.


In 1913 Thesing joined Otto val Halem as partner and managing director of Veit and Comp. Following wartime propaganda collaboration with a German-Austrian publishers' association, Veit & Comp. was incorporated into Walter de Gruyter on 1 January 1919 – despite some political reservations from Thesing, who was on the political left. In May 1920 he withdrew as a partner from the firm for health reasons.[1]


Authored works
  • Lectures on Biology. London : John Bale, Sons & Danielsson, 1910. Translated from the 2nd ed. by W. R. Boelter.
  • Stammesgeschichte der Liebe, Berlin : Brehm, [1932]. Translated by Eden and Cedar Paul as Genealogy of love, London : Routledge, 1933. American edition Genealogy of sex: sex in its myriad forms, from the one-celled animal to the human being. New York : Emerson Books, 1934.
  • Schule der Biologie , 1934. Translated by Eden and Cedar Paul as School of Biology, London: G. Routledge and sons, Ltd., 1935.
  • (tr. with Marguerite Thesing) Mein Leben und Work by Henry Ford. Leipzig: Paul List Verlag, 1923. Translated from My Life and Work, New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1923
  • (tr.) Hauptmann Sorrell und sein Sohn: roman by Warwick Deeping. Bremen: Schünemann, 1927. Translated from Sorrell and Son, London: Cassell & Co.
  • (tr.) Der rote Handel droht! : Der Frotschritt des Fünfjahresplans der Sowjets by H. R. Knickerbocker. 1931. Translated from Fighting the Red trade menace
  • (tr.) Bezwinger des Hungers by Paul Henry de Kruif. Berlin: Holle & Co. Verlag, [1934] . Translated from Hunger fighters.
  • (tr.) Frau Buck and ihre Töchter. Roman by Warwick Deeping. Bremen: Carl Schünemann, Verlag, [1937]. Translated from The Road.


  1. ^ Anne-Katrin Ziesak, Hans-Robert Cram & Kurt-Georg Cram, Walter de Gruyter: publishers 1749-1999, Walter de Gruyter, 1999, p.134, 137, 233, 237.

Further reading[edit]

  • Horst Brasch, Lebensdauer. Erinnerung an Curt Thesing, einen deutschen Patrioten und Humanisten, Berlin (East), 1987
  • Andreas Daum, Wissenschaftspopularisierung im 19. Jahrhundert. Bürgerliche Kultur, naturwissenschaftliche Bildung und die deutsche Öffentlichkeit 1848-1914, Munich, 1998, pp. 188, 228, 434. 512ff.