Renate Mayntz

On the 90th birthday of the founding director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

Prof. emer. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Renate Mayntz

Born April 28, 1929 in Berlin (Germany).
Studied in the USA (B.A. 1950) and at Freie Universität Berlin (Dr. phil. 1953); habilitation at the same institution (1957). Continued research career at the UNESCO Institute of Social Research, Cologne, later as a DFG Fellow, and a Rockefeller Fellow in the USA. Full Professor of Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin (1965), Hochschule für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer (1971), and the University of Cologne (1973). Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG), Cologne (1985). Director at the MPIfG from 1995 until retiring in 1997.

International Teaching Posts
Columbia University, New York; New School for Social Research, New York; University of Edinburgh; FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales), Santiago de Chile; Stanford University.

Research Interests
  • Theories of society/social systems; political institutions, policy development and implementation
  • Development of science and of technology, relationship between science and politics
  • Transnational structures and global governance

Academic Career   
1947–1948 Began studying Chemistry at Technische Universität Berlin
1948–1950 Majored in Chemistry at Wellesley College, USA; graduated with a B.A. after four semesters
WS 1950/51Studied Chemistry at Technische Universität Berlin
1951–1953 Studied Sociology, Psychology, and Communication at Freie Universität Berlin; graduated in Sociology (Dr. phil.) as a student of Otto Stammer in spring 1953
1953–1957 Researcher at the UNESCO Institute of Social Research, Cologne
1957 Habilitation at Freie Universität Berlin
1958–1959 Rockefeller Fellow at Columbia University, New York, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the University of California, Berkeley
1959–1960 Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York
1960–1964 Lecturer in Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin
1964 Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh
1965 Visiting Professor at FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Santiago de Chile)
1965–1971 Full Professor (Sociology) at Freie Universität Berlin
1966–1970 Member of the German Council for Educational Reform
1968 Theodor Heuss Chair, The New School for Social Research in New York
1969–1975 Member of the Projektgruppe Regierungs- und Verwaltungsreform (Project group for governmental and administrative reform)
1970–1973   Member of the Commission for the Reform of Public Administration
1971–1973 Full Professor (Sociology of Organizations), Hochschule für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer (School of Administrative Sciences)
1973–1985  Full Professor (Sociology) and Director of the Institute for Applied Social Research at the University of Cologne (with Erwin K. Scheuch)
1982–1983 Visiting Professor, Stanford University
1984–1997 Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society (MPG) and Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne
1997 Retirement
2009 Founder of an international research network on financial market regulation

Awards and Honors
1974–1980 Member of the Senate of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
1977 Honorary Doctorate from Uppsala University
1979 Honorary Doctorate from the University of Paris X-Nanterre
1988 Ordinary Member of Academia Europaea (Graz/London)
1991 Arthur Burkhardt Prize
1994 Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
1999 Schader Award of the Schader-Stiftung, Darmstadt
2002 Honorary Doctorate from the European University Institute in Florence
2002 International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
2004 Bielefeld Science Award (jointly with Fritz W. Scharpf)
2006 German Sociological Association (DGS) Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Scientific Research
2008 Ernst Hellmut Vits Award of the Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität zu Münster e.V.
2010 Innovation Award of North Rhine-Westphalia
2011 Order of Merit of North Rhine-Westphalia

MPIfG: Researcher Profile "Renate Mayntz" | [Last updated 17.04.2019 09:12]