Näcke, Paul

BORN 23 Jan 1851, St. Petersburg - DIED 18 Aug 1913, Colditz, Sachsen
BIRTH NAME Näcke, Paul Adolf
GRAVE LOCATION Dresden, Sachsen: Alter Annenfriedhof, Chemnitzer Strasse 32

Son of a German father and a French mother. He went to school in Dresden and studied in Leipzig and Würzburg. In 1873 he was promoted on his thesis "Über Darmperforation und Typhusabdominalis".

He worked in hospitals in Paris, Dresden, Danzig and Königsberg. In 1880 he entered the psychiatric service in Dresden where he held several positions. Together with Hans Gross he founded the Archiv für Kriminalanthropologie und Kriminalistik in 1898. In 1899 he coined the term narcissism before Freud used it when he described a case of male autoerotic perversion.

He was a well known psychiatrist and in 1907 he visited Karl May in Radebeul who had mental problems after the authorities had searched his house. Their correspondence has survived. He suddenly died in Colditz in 1913.

Related persons
• met May, Karl


The grave of Paul Näcke at the Alter Annenfriedhof, Dresden.
Picture by Androom (06 Aug 2016)


Paul Näcke - Wikipedia


Published: 07 Jan 2017
Last update: 20 Apr 2022