In October 1949, Dr. Carl Jürgen Hogrefe published the first issue of the “Psychologische Rundschau,” the official journal of the German Association of Psychology, with the aim of establishing a new communication platform for psychology. The publishing companies that he approached with this idea thought that the financial risk involved was too great, and so the university assistant professor decided to establish his own publishing company. This decision proved to be visionary, as the history outlined below shows.
Publication of the first issue of the scientific journal “Psychologische Rundschau” (“Psychological Review”). Foundation of the Hogrefe Publishing Group.
Publication of the first book, “Konstitution und Entwicklung” by Wilfried Zeller.
Publication of the first test, “Intelligenz-Struktur-Test (IST)” by Rudolf Amthauer.
Founding of Testzentrale, Stuttgart (Germany).
Dr. Carl Jürgen Hogrefe leaves his job at Göttingen University and dedicates himself full time to developing the publishing company.
The first volume of the “Handbuch der Psychologie” in 12 volumes is published.
The company moves from the private home of the founder to its own dedicated premises at Rohnsweg 25, Göttingen (Germany).
Founding of C.J. Hogrefe, Inc., Toronto (Canada).
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.
Hogrefe acquires Verlag Hans Huber. The English-language publishing activities of Hogrefe and Huber are continued in a joint company, Hogrefe & Huber Publishers Inc.
Dr. G.-Jürgen Hogrefe joins the company management at Verlag Hans Huber.
Founding of Testzentrale of the Swiss Psychologists, as the leading provider of psychological tests in Switzerland.
Together with NFER-Nelson launched the initiative for establishing the European Test Publishers Group.
Testzentrale moves from Stuttgart to Göttingen, in a new building at Robert-Bosch-Breite 25.
Development of the “Hogrefe Test System,” a software platform for computer-based testing.
The company in Göttingen becomes Hogrefe Verlag GmbH & Co. KG and the founder passes overall responsibility to his son, Dr. G.-Jürgen Hogrefe.
Acquisition of Beltz Test GmbH.
Dr. G.-Jürgen Hogrefe is elected as member of the board of management of the International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers (STM).
The first Hogrefe website goes online.
Dr. Carl Jürgen Hogrefe is named an honorary member of the German Association of Psychology for “his varied activities in the development of psychology after the Second World War.”
Verlag Hans Huber acquires parts of the list of Ullstein Medical and thus expands its nursing list.
Founding of the Hogrefe Testzentrum in Prague (Czech Republic).
Founding of the umbrella company Hogrefe Verlagsgruppe GmbH.
Publication of “Explorix,” the first online test (www.explorix.de).
The Test Agency Ltd. becomes part of the Hogrefe Publishing Group and continues as Hogrefe Ltd., Oxford (UK).
Hogrefe acquires a stake in Dansk Psykologisk Forlag Holding A/S, Copenhagen (Denmark).
Introduction of the umbrella brand “Hogrefe” and of uniform design elements for all companies in the Hogrefe group.
Founding of Hogrefe Austria GmbH, Vienna (Austria).
Founding of Éditions Hogrefe France, Paris (France).
Founding of Hogrefe Uitgevers BV, Amsterdam (Netherlands).
Psykologiförlaget becomes part of the Hogrefe group and continues as Hogrefe Psykologiförlaget AB, Stockholm (Sweden).
Acquisition in Göttingen of a new main office building in the Merkelstrasse and of a new distribution and warehouse building in Herbert-Quandt-Strasse.
The test division of Dansk Psykologisk Forlag becomes fully part of the Hogrefe group and continues as Hogrefe Psykologisk Forlag A/S, Copenhagen (Denmark).
Launch of the Hogrefe eLibrary.
Founding of Hogrefe Editore, Florence (Italy).
Sale of the bookstores Huber & Lang in Bern and Zurich (Switzerland) as well as of the subscription agency to Lehmanns Media.
Psykologien Kustannus Oy in Finland becomes part of the Hogrefe group and continues as Hogrefe Psykologien Kustannus Oy, Helsinki (Finland).
Founding of the Group Executive Board, as the top executive management team of the Hogrefe group.
CETEPP (Centro Editor de Testes e Pesquisas em Psicologia) in Brazil becomes part of the Hogrefe Publishing Group and continues as Editora Hogrefe CETEPP, São Paulo.
New branding introduced for the entire Hogrefe group, including Verlag Hans Huber, which prior to this date had continued to use separate branding.
TEA Ediciones in Spain becomes part of the Hogrefe Publishing Group. TEA Ediciones is the leading Spanish developer and publisher of psychological tests.
The publishing division of CEGOC in Portugal becomes also part of the Hogrefe Publishing Group and continues as Editora Hogrefe, Lda. (Lisbon).