Fakultät für Chemie und Pharmazie

History of the Faculty for Chemistry and Pharmacy


LMU Ingolstadt 1484

Duke Ludwig IX, also known as Duke of Bavaria and Louis the Rich, founds the first "high school" in Bavaria, situated in Ingolstadt: The Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU) one of the Germany's oldest universities.

From the LMU arose amongst others 34 Nobel Prize Laureats.


The subject pharmacology (materia medica) is part of the medical faculty.


Ingolstadt's pharmacist Georg Ludwig Claudius Rousseau teaches chemistry of animal, plant and mineral substances in the pharmacy's laboratory. In 1776 he is appointed ordinarius of chemistry and pharmacy and in 1789 he is appointed rector of the university. In 1794 Georg Augustin Bertele, a surgeon and the pharmacists of Amberg, becomes his successor.



Prince-Elector Max IV Joseph of Bavaria (later on King Maximiliam the I) relocated the "high school" to Landshut.


The Bavarian Academy of Science (Bayrische Akademie der Wissenschaften) establishes a section for chemistry in Munich. The physician and pharmacist Adolph Ferdinand Gehlen is appointed head. In 1815 the academy starts building a chemical laboratory. A. F. Gehlen dies of arsenic poisoning. The chemist Heinrich August Vogel, who was trained in Paris, becomes his successor.


Due to an edict about the medical field in Bavaria, pharmacists have to attend university for two years.


Johann Andreas Buchner

Johann Andreas Buchner, a Munich pharmacist, is appointed professor for pharmacy and pharmacology at the "high school" in Landshut.


LMU Muenchen 1826

King Ludwig I of Bavaria orders the relocation of the university (which was later on named after Dutch Ludwig the Rich and King Maximilian I) from Landshut to Munich.


Johann Andreas Buchner is transferred from Landshut to Munich. From 1830 on, he teaches pharmaceutical chemistry in a privately financed institute. In 1840 he moves to an institute with laboratory and auditorium in the main building of the university in the Ludwigstraße. In 1842 he was elected rector of the Ludwig Maximilians University.


Heinrich August Vogel becomes full professor for chemistry in Munich. The chemical laboratory of the Bavarian Academy for Science has been used by the university ever since.



Justus von Liebig, who was the most famous chemist at that time and who was formerly professor in Gießen, is appointed for the professorship of chemistry and receives a new building in the Sophienstraße and Arcisstaße.

Among his doctoral students where to name a few:


Ludwig Andreas Buchner, a pharmacist and apprentice of Liebig, is appointed successor of his father J. A. Buchner, who died in 1852.


Das chemische Laboratorium

The "Chemical Laboratory" under the direction of Adolf von Baeyer.


Adolf von Baeyer

Two years after the death of Liebig, Adolf von Baeyer is appointed full professor of chemistry. The institute, which receives in addition to the organic department an inorganic department, becomes the best known school for chemistry in Germany after an expansion under Baeyers management. In 1885 Baeyer is ennobled and in 1905 he receives the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for research about organic dyestuffs.


Baeyer Laboratory 1877

To Baeyers working group belong a lot of students who later on were honored as eminent scientists, for example


Chemistry and Pharmacy are shifted from the medical to the philosophical faculty.


Albert Hilger

Albert Hilger from Erlangen, is appointed for the professorship for pharmaceutical chemistry and receives a new building for the institute in the Karlstraße. In 1894 an "Anstalt for Nahrungs- und Genussmittel" (institute for food and stimulates) is affiliated.


LMU Chemical Institute 1893

Group picture of the members of the chemical institute. Besides the two Nobel Prize laureates Baeyer and Willstätter are pictured:


On a basis of Baeyers proposals, the "Verbandsexamen" (federation exam) is introduced in the German Reich.


Theodor Paul, student of Wilhelm Ostwald, overtakes the professorship for pharmaceutical chemistry. In 1916 a "Gerichtlich-Chemische Untersuchungsstelle"(judicial-chemical investigation department) and "Forschungsanstalt für Lebensmittelchemie" (research institute for food chemistry) are established.


Adolf von Baeyer

Adolf von Baeyer receives the Nobel Prize fo Chemistry.


Richard Willstätter

A. v. Baeyer resigns. Richard Willstätter, a student of Baeyer and head of the Kaiser-Willhelm-Institute for Chemistry in Berlin, is appointed full professor of chemistry of the "Chemical Laboratory of the State". In the same year, Willstätter receives the Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1915 for research about vegetable dyes. The chemical institute is extended and modernized.


Due to anti-semitic tendencies in the university, Willstätter resigns and emigrates to Switzerland.


Heinrich Wieland

Heinrich Wieland becomes Willstätters successor. He is a student of Baeyer and head of the chemical institute in Freiburg. In 1927 Wieland receives the Nobel Prize for Chemistry because of his research about bile acids.


Benno Bleyer becomes head of the "institute for pharmaceutical chemistry and food chemistry”.


Kasimir Fajans

Kasimir Fajans, born in Warshaw, becomes head of the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the Sophienstraße, which was built with the aid of the Rockefeller Foundation. As he is Jewish, he is dismissed and denaturalized in 1936.


A pharmacognostic instiute ("Institute for pharmaceutical pharmacology”) is established in the Karlstraße.


Chemistry and Pharmacy are shifted from philosophical faculty to the faculty of natural sciences.


The management of the "Chemical Laboratory of the Academy of Sciences” is taken over by the university.


Establishment of a diploma study course for chemistry.


The chemical and pharmaceutical institutes are destroyed by bombs.


Teaching and research are done provisionally.


Eugen Baman, who was a student of Willstädter, becomes head of the institute for pharmacy and food chemistry in Munich. Research and teaching are placed makeshift in different parts of the city.


Schwab, Wiberg, Huisgen and Lynen 1950

Heinrich Wieland is given emeritus status. Until 1953, four professorships are established and staffed:

  • Georg-Maria Schwab (physical chemistry),
  • Egon Wiberg (inorganic chemistry),
  • Rolf Huisgen (organic chemistry, Wieland student, later on most quoted german chemist) and
  • Feodor Lynen (biochemistry, he won the Nobel Prize in 1964) who also overtakes the management of the Max-Planck Institute for Cell Chemistry.

1954 - 1958

LMU Chemistry Institute 1950

Between Karlstraße and Sophiestraße four new institutes are built (organic, inorganic, physical chemistry and biochemistry).

1957 - 1959

New buildings for the "Institute for Pharmacy and Food Chemistry” and "Institute for Pharmacy” are erected.


Feodor Lynen Nobel Laureate 1964

Feodor Lynen receives the Nobel Prize in Medicine


Ernst Otto Fischer Nobel Laureate 1973

Ernst Otto Fischer receives the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Ernst Otto Fischer was as professor part of the LMU Chemistry faculty from 1959 - 1964.

1959 - 2014

Additional professorships are established and staffed:
for inorganic chemistry:

for organic chemistry: for physical chemistry:
  • Jürgen Voitländer and
  • Gerhard Ertl (Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry 2007),
for biochemistry: for didactics of chemistry:
  • Karl Häusler and
  • Heribert Rampf.

for pharmaceutical chemistry: for pharmaceutical biology: for food chemistry:
  • Theodor Severin;
for pharmaceutical technology and biopharmaceutics:
  • Karl Thoma;
for pharmacology:

1999 - 2004

HighTech Campus LMU

The faculty for chemistry and pharmacy moves to the "HighTech CampusLMU” at the western end of Munich.

  • A Department for Chemistry and Biochemistry with the teaching fields anorganic, organic and physical chemistry and biochemistry is established.
  • In addition, a Department for Pharmacy – Center for Pharmacy Research with the teaching fields pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutical biology, pharmaceutical technology and biopharmacy as well as pharmacology for natural sciences is set up.


A bachelor / master study course for chemistry and biochemistry is established instead of the diploma study course for chemistry.


A bachelor / master study course for pharmaceutical sciences is established.


Chemistry Nobel Prize for Gerhard Ertl (1973 - 1986 member of the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy of the LMU)

2006 - 2017

New buildings at various sites at the HighTech CampusLMU

LMU Buildings Video 2006-2017

Video of the ongoing constructional activities