About Privatdozent

A Privatdozent (for men) or Privatdozentin (for women) was an academic title commonly used in Germany and Prussia in the 18th, 19th and 20th century. Informally, the title referred to a lecturer who received fees from his students rather than a university salary.

Privatdozent is a weekly newsletter on the history of mathematics and physics, written by @jorgenveisdal.

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