Back in the day

Travel back to 1949 via our timeline highlighting the roots of the Hogrefe Group with founder Dr. Carl Jürgen Hogrefe, all the way through our international growth.

  • The '40s and '60s
  • The '70s and '80s
  • The '90s and '00s
  • The '10s and onwards

The '40s and '60s

First Edition of Psychologische Rundschau a product of the Verlag für Psychologie, 1949
Prof. Dr. Johannes von Allesch
Dr. Carl Jürgen and his wife Gisela Hogrefe, 1948
Office of Dr. Carl Jürgen at the psychological insitut at Georg-August Unvierstity Göttingen

Foundation of the Hogrefe Group

The first issue of the scientific journal “Psychologische Rundschau” (“Psychological Review”) laid the foundation stone for the Hogrefe Group.

It was the result of a joint venture. The publisher was Professor Dr. Johannes von Allesch, who was both an academic teacher and Jürgen Hogrefe's supervisor. As university assistant and editor, Dr. Carl Jürgen Hogrefe took care of all other details and his wife Gisela Hogrefe supported him. 

1949

Foundation of the Hogrefe Group

1951

First report of the conference organized by the Germany Association of Psychology

1952

Publication of the first book, “Konstitution und Entwicklung” by Wilfried Zeller.

1953

Publication of the first test, “Intelligenz-Struktur-Test (IST)” by Rudolf Amthauer.

1954

Founding of Testzentrale, Stuttgart (Germany).

1955

Dr. Carl Jürgen Hogrefe leaves his job at Göttingen University and dedicates his time to developing the publishing company.

1958

The first volume of the “Handbuch der Psychologie” in 12 volumes is published.

Conference Report
First book
First Assessment
First Catalogue of new Publications by the Publisher Verlag für Psychologie

The '70s and '80s

1971

The company moves from the private home of the founder to its own dedicated premises at Rohnsweg 25, Göttingen (Germany).

1974

Founding of C.J. Hogrefe, Inc., Toronto (Canada).

1981

Dr. Christine Hogrefe, daughter of the publisher, designs the company signet which includes the initials of the founder and “Psi” for psychology. This is introduced with the first volume of “Enzyklopädie der Psychologie” in 1982.

1982

The first volume of "Enzyklopädie der Psychologie” is being published. It was designed to cover all existing fields of psychology. To date 90 volumes have been published. 

1984

Hogrefe acquires Verlag Hans Huber. The English-language publishing activities of Hogrefe and Huber are continued in a joint company, Hogrefe & Huber Publishers Inc.

1985

Dr. G.-Jürgen Hogrefe, son of the publisher, joins the company management at Verlag Hans Huber.

1988

Founding of Testzentrale of the Swiss Psychologists, as the leading provider of psychological tests in Switzerland.

Hans Huber Verlag in Berne
Dr. G.-Jürgen Hogrefe and Dr. Carl Jürgen Hogrefe, Frankfurt Book Fair 1982
"Enzyklopädie der Psychologie"

The '90s and '00s

1990

Together with NFER-Nelson launched the initiative for establishing the European Test Publishers Group.

1991

Testzentrale moves from Stuttgart to Göttingen, in a new building at Robert-Bosch-Breite 25.

1993

With the release of our test software "Hogrefe Testsystem", electronic testing is introduced.

1994

The company in Göttingen becomes Hogrefe Verlag GmbH & Co. KG and the founder passes overall responsibility to his son, Dr. G.-Jürgen Hogrefe.

1994

Acquisition of Beltz Test GmbH.

1995

Dr. G.-Jürgen Hogrefe is elected as member of the board of management of the International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers (STM).

European Test Publisher Group first website
European Test Publisher Group counts 32 members today
Testzentrale in Robert-Bosch-Breite 25, Göttingen
1996

Hogrefe goes online with its first website including a webshop.

1999

Verlag Hans Huber acquires parts of the book list of Ullstein Medical expanding its nursing list.

First Hogrefe website including shop
Hogrefe website today
2000

Foundation of the online job market PsychJOB.

2000

Launch of Hogrefe training. First event on BIP (Business-Focused Inventory of Personality).

2000

Founding of the Hogrefe Testzentrum in Prague (Czech Republic).

2001

Founding of the umbrella company Hogrefe Verlagsgruppe GmbH.

2003

'Explorix', the first electronic procedure to be carried out online is published.

2003

The Test Agency Ltd. becomes part of the Hogrefe Group and continues as Hogrefe Ltd., Oxford (UK).

2004

Hogrefe acquires a stake in Dansk Psykologisk Forlag Holding A/S, Copenhagen (Denmark).

2005

Founding of Hogrefe Austria GmbH, Vienna (Austria).

2006

Founding of Éditions Hogrefe France, Paris (France).

2007

Founding of Hogrefe Uitgevers BV, Amsterdam (Netherlands).

2008

Psykologiförlaget becomes part of the Hogrefe Group and continues as Hogrefe Psykologiförlaget AB, Stockholm (Sweden).

2009

Acquisition in Göttingen of a new main office building in the Merkelstrasse and of a new distribution and warehouse building in Herbert-Quandt-Strasse.

All destinations of the Hogrefe Publishing Group, 2024

The '10s and onwards

2010

The test division of Dansk Psykologisk Forlag becomes fully part of the Hogrefe Group and continues as Hogrefe Psykologisk Forlag A/S, Copenhagen (Denmark).

2010

Launch of the Hogrefe eLibrary.

2012

Founding of Hogrefe Editore, Florence (Italy).

2012

Sale of the bookstores Huber & Lang in Bern and Zurich (Switzerland) as well as the subscription agency to Lehmanns Media.

2012

Consulting division established.

2013

Psykologien Kustannus Oy in Finland becomes part of the Hogrefe Group and continues as Hogrefe Psykologien Kustannus Oy, Helsinki (Finland).

2013

Founding of the Group Executive Board, as the top executive management team of the Hogrefe Group.

2015

CETEPP (Centro Editor de Testes e Pesquisas em Psicologia) in Brazil becomes part of the Hogrefe Group and continues as Editora Hogrefe CETEPP, São Paulo.

2015

A new brand identity unites all companies of the Hogrefe Group.

In 1981 Dr. Christine Hogrefe, daughter of the publisher, designs the company signet which includes the initials of the founder and “Psi” for psychology.
2005 the umbrella brand „Hogrefe” was introduced as uniform design element for all companies in the Hogrefe Group.
2015 a new brand identity is established for the entire Hogrefe Publishing Group. The publishing house Hans Huber operates under the Hogrefe umbrella brand.
2017

TEA Ediciones in Spain becomes part of the Hogrefe Group. TEA Ediciones is the leading Spanish developer and publisher of psychological tests.

2017

The publishing division of CEGOC in Portugal becomes part of the Hogrefe Group and continues as Editora Hogrefe, Lda. (Lisbon).

2019

We celebrated our 70th anniversary.

2021

Hogrefe eContent relaunch - new and fresh look for our journal platform.

2021

We celebrate 100 years of Dorsch and the new Dorsch online portal.