Senckenberg Nature Research Society

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Senckenberg Nature Research Society
Abbreviation SGN
Formation Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, November 22, 1817; 200 years ago (1817-11-22)

The Senckenberg Nature Research Society (German: Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, until 2008 Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft) is a German scholarly society with headquarters in Frankfurt am Main.


Its purpose is to conduct research in the natural sciences and make the results of nature research available to the public. The society was founded by Frankfurt citizens on 22 November 1817 on the initiative of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and is named for the physician, naturalist, botanist and philanthropist Johann Christian Senckenberg (1707–1772).

The Naturmuseum Senckenberg in Frankfurt

It shares the Senckenberg name with the Dr. Senckenberg Foundation, founded by Senckenberg in 1763, but is a separate organisation. The Senckenberg Nature Research Society owns several research institutes and museums, such as the Naturmuseum Senckenberg and the Naturkundemuseum Görlitz.[1][2]

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  1. ^ 175 Jahre Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft, Senckenberg Buch, Vol. 67, 1992
  2. ^ W. Kramer, Chronik der Senckenbergischen Naturforschenden Gesellschaft 1817–1966, Senckenberg Buch, Vol. 46, 1967, pp. 159–571

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