Elisabeth Walther-Bense

Elisabeth Walther, Suzette 1985
Year of birth, place
1922, Oberweissbach/Thüringen, Germany
Year of death, place
2018, Stuttgart, Germany
Role at the ZKM
in the archives

Elisabeth Walther-Bense studied philosophy, German and Romance languages, physics and mathematics at the universities of Jena, Mainz and at the Technical University in Stuttgart. In 1950, she graduated under Max Bense with her thesis entitled »Die Rolle der Logik von Port-Royal in der Frühgeschichte der exakten Wissenschaften« [The Role of the Logic of Port-Royal in the early history of The Exact Sciences]. She taught from 1956 to 1983 at the Technical University [since 1967, University of Stuttgart], as well as at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm [College of Design Ulm] (HfG Ulm) and the Escola Superior de Desenho Industrial in Rio de Janeiro. She was editor of the magazine »augenblick« (1955-1960), co-editor of the series of »rot« (1960-90) and the international journal of semiotics and aesthetics »Semiosis« (1976-1990). Since 1990, she has been sole editor of »rot« and »Semiosis«.

Since 2018, the estate of Elisabeth Walther-Bense is located at the ZKM.