Academic publishing has a 150-year tradition in the Schirrmacher family. As early as 1850, Prof. Friedrich Wilhelm Schirrmacher published his historical works at the University of Bonn. 1879 as a history professor and dean of the University of Rostock, he published the hitherto unknown files and transcripts of the Marburg Colloquy (1529) and the Augsburg Reichstag (1530), two significant events of the Reformation in Germany. The standard work with a detailed elaboration and contextualisation of the events is still used in universities today (book in German only).
Friedrich Wilhelm handed down the love of academics through his two children, Dr Heinrich Amadeus Schirrmacher and Dr Leo Friedrich Wilhelm Schirrmacher, to his grandson Prof. Bernd Arthur Schirrmacher, who taught in Giessen as a professor and later dean of his faculty. After a successful career in private business, he saw his life's work promoting education and science. Amongst other things, this striving resulted in the financing and co-founding of the private August Hermann Francke High School in Giessen. In 2001 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit. He also acted as a financier and co-founder at the beginning of VKW. In addition, numerous well-recognised authors, editors and journalists have been within the family sphere.
Professor Friedrich Wilhelm Schirrmacher and his grandson Professor Bernd Schirrmacher
The commercial foundation of the Culture & Science Publishing house laid Brigitte Schirrmacher in 1979 as a bookseller together with her husband, Dipl.-Ing. Klaus Schirrmacher. Today the Culture & Science Publishing (German: Verlag für Kultur und Wissenschaft, VKW) is managed by his younger brother Prof. Dr. theol. Dr. phil. Thomas Schirrmacher, PhD, DD in terms of content and scientific supervision. His wife, Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. habil. Christine Schirrmacher is the author of and advisor to the publishing house. Their son David Schirrmacher, MBA, is a business consultant in this classic family business.
Professor Thomas Schirrmacher and his son David Schirrmacher, MBA, MIB (ESCP Paris)