Born in Hamburg, she was educated at the Lyceum in Hamburg from 1909 to 1913, and received her abitur from the Heinrich-Hertz Realgymnasium in 1916. After this, she studied at the universities of Munich and Hamburg. Her doctoral dissertation, written under the supervision of Ernst Cassirer, concerned Lessing and Leibniz.
In 1922 she began working as a librarian at the Kulturwissenschaflichen Bibliothek Warburg, which was later moved to London when the Nazis rose to power, becoming the Warburg Institute Director. With her partner, Fritz Saxl, the new Institute's first Director, she settled in Dulwich. Saxl died in 1948, and was succeeded as Director by Henri Frankfort.
At the death of Frankfort in 1954, Gertrud Bing became Director of the Institute, and Professor of the History of the Classical Tradition. She held these posts until her death in 1964 in London, following a brief illness.
- "Prof. Gertrud Bing". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 5 July 1964. p. 12.
- "Dictionary of Art Historians - Gertrud Bing; Gertrude Bing". dictionaryofarthistorians.org. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
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