Günther Oestmann, PhD
University Lecturer and Master Clockmaker
1959 born in Bremen.
1979–82 Apprenticeship, qualification as a watch- and clockmaker.
1983–1990 Student at Tübingen and Hamburg University (History of
Science, History of Art, General History).
1992 PhD (thesis on the astronomical clock of Starsbourg Cathedral,
awarded with the Philipp-Matthäus-Hahn-Prize in 1993).
curator (Württembergisches Landesmuseum, Stuttgart).
1996 Assistant curator at the cabinet of engravings of the Kunsthalle
1996–2002 Scientific assistant at the Institute for the History of
Science, Mathematics and Technology at Hamburg University.
2001 Habilitation at the Institute for the History of Science at Hamburg
University , appointment as a lecturer.
2002 Master craftsman's diploma (Federal Technical College for Clock-
and Watchmakers in Karlstein/Austria).
2004–2006 Research grant (Project „The Art of Navigation: Development,
Contents and Organization of Navigational Teaching in Germany to 1871“.
Curator, Maritime Collection (Deutsches Museum, Munich).
2009 Visiting professor (Technical University,
Since 2010 University lecturer (Technical University, Berlin).
2010–2012 Research associate at the German Maritime Museum, Bremerhaven (Project: „En route to the 'German Chronometer': The Introduction of Precision
Timekeeping in the German Mercantile Marine and Imperial Navy in the 19 th
of the „Prix Gaïa” (category history/research) of the Musée International d’Horlogerie
as corresponding member of the International Academy of the History of
2017 appointment as extraordinary professor for history of science at Technical University Berlin.