Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Jürgen Kocka is one of the most important historians to emerge in post-war Germany. From 1973–1988 he was Professor of History at the University of Bielefeld and from 1988–2009 Professor for the History of the Industrial World at the Free University Berlin. From 2001–2007 he was also President of the Berlin Science Center for Social Studies (WZB) and from 1998–2009 Director of that Center and the Berlin College for Comparative History of Europe. Since 2009 he is a Permanent Fellow at the College “Work and Life from a Global History Perspective” at the Humboldt University Berlin.