Collection Hermann Knaus, 1892 – 1970

Since 2004, the MUVS has been establishing the only known collection of Hermann Knaus (1892 – 1970): Knaus’ publications, scientific papers by and about Knaus, his correspondence, photographs, patents, objects as well as memories of his contemporaries meticulously gathered and digitalised. Many years of research finally leading to the January-2017 release of the very first monography about this Austrian gynaecologist, whose scrupulous observations and witted deductions provided substantial findings on the nature of fertilisation and the possibilities and impossibilities within.

Hermann Knaus realised what had been riddling generations of scientists before him: how is the female cycle controlled? Which days are fertile, which infertile? His day-counting method can be used either way: for prevention of an undesired pregnancy and for planned conception of a longed-for child, too.

The recognition of his theory by the pope meant to Knaus his personal triumph and meant the liberation from the constraints of ceaseless fertility to many religious people. Within the medical community, however, his findings caused fierce controversies. The struggle for pure knowledge made Knaus a troublesome person. He didn´t aspire after affection – he wanted to prove his point right after all and have his epoch-making insights acknowledged. Four decades of fighting moulded his character. Instead of becoming milder and more diplomatic, his tone grew sharper, his beliefs more relentless and his patience less enduring.

The following page will soon present the digitalised collection Hermann Knaus including:

– publications
– scientific papers
– letters
– photographs
– patents
– objects
– radio interviews

...and much more.