Franz-Josef Brüggemeier’s research spans from social, economic, and environmental history, to the history of modern sports. He has published widely on the social and environmental history of Germany in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the history of Great Britain in the twentieth century, and the history of modern sports, especially soccer. Brüggemeier was born in 1951 in Bottrop, Germany. He studied history and social sciences (1969–75) and medicine (1975–81), and worked for two years as a medical doctor (1982–83). His PhD was on the social and everyday history of miners in the Ruhr area (1889–1919) and his habilitation dealt with the history of air pollution in Germany in the nineteenth century. In 1998 he was appointed Chair for Economic, Social, and Environmental History at the University of Freiburg. In addition, he has directed several major historical exhibitions. During the 2012 summer term, he was Visiting Professor in the History Department at Harvard University. At the Rachel Carson Center he will upgrade and mainly rewrite his book on the environmental history of Germany since 1750, which was first published in 1998.