Rudolf Suhrmann

9th March 1895 to 21st September 1971

Rudolf Suhrmann, signature, University of Breslau 1935

German chemist Rudolf Suhrmann fought in the First World War from 1914 to 1917. After the war he worked for a time at the technical university in Dresden.

According to Wikipedia, from 1923 to 1933 Suhrmann worked as a supervisor at the physics and chemical institute of the Technical University of Breslau, and from 1928 to 1933 he was a member of the commission for radiation research at the Notgemeinschaft der deutschen Wissenschaft (NDW; Emergency community of German science). Thus, when Werner Weissenberg began his studies at the University of Breslau, Suhrmann was working elsewhere.

I have been unable to verify when Suhrmann gained tenure at the University of Breslau; his name does not appear in the 1930 handbook, in line with the information given above (because he was at the Technical university at this time). By 1935, however, as can be seen in the first extract below from the university handbook, Suhrmann was director of Physical chemistry.

This university handbook entry shows that Suhrmann’s address was Nixenweg 51, telephone 460 41; the location of the address can be seen in the map extract below.

Rudolf Suhrmann, University of Breslau handbook 1935-1936
Nixen Weg, Breslau 1931 Source: fotopolska.eu

In the next extract, below, Suhrmann’s classes for that year are shown, including chemistry and physics colloquium (together with Professor Dr Ruff), on Mondays from 5pm to 7pm; Physical chemistry I (chemical heaters, electro-chemistry), four times a week; all-day physical-chemistry practical for scientific work; half-day physical-chemistry practical for chemistry, physics and ‘lehramts’ candidates [training to teaching in High Schools, which Jews were forbidden from doing by this date], Fridays 2pm to 6pm and an all-day course one month before the coming semester; a short physical-chemistry practical for metallurgists and ‘lehramts’ candidates, Fridays 2pm to 6pm. Finally in this year Suhrmann taught a physical-chemistry seminar for scientific work; upon agreement; private lessons.

Rudolf Suhrmann, University of Breslau handbook 1935-1936

All black and white extracts on this page are from the 'Vorlesungs und Personal Verzeichnis der Schlesischen Friedrich Wilhelms Universität zu Breslau 1935/1936', available online at the University of Wrocław.

The map extract is from the excellent fotopolska.eu.