Michael Hagner studied medicine and philosophy at the Freie Universität Berlin (1980–1986). After earning his M.D. in 1986, he worked as a neurophysiologist at the FU Berlin. In 1989, he was a visiting scholar at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in London. He worked at the Institute for the History of Medicine and Science in Lübeck (1989–1991) and at the Institute for the History of Medicine in Göttingen (1991–1995), where he obtained his habilitation at the Medical Faculty (1994). In 1995 he received a Heisenberg grant from the German Research Foundation and moved to the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Since 1997 he has been senior scientist at the Max Planck Institute. Hagner has been visiting professor at the universities of Salzburg, Tel Aviv, Frankfurt am Main, and Cologne. He was a fellow at the Collegium Helveticum (2001), at the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung in Berlin (2006 and 2007), and at the Maison des Sciences de L’Homme in Paris (2008). In 2000 he was awarded the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Science Prize; in 2008 he received the Sigmund Freud Prize for Scientific Prose by the German Academy for Language and Poetry. Selected publications: Der Hauslehrer: Die Geschichte eines Kriminalfalls. Erziehung, Sexualität und Medien um 1900 (2010); Homo Cerebralis: Der Wandel vom Seelenorgan zum Gehirn (2008); Geniale Gehirne: Zur Geschichte der Elitegehirnforschung (2007); Der Geist bei der Arbeit: Historische Untersuchungen zur Hirnforschung (2006).