Sabine Brauckmann studied philosophy, mathematics, and Slavic literature and languages at the University of Münster. She finished her PhD work in 1997 with a thesis on the organismic systems theory of Ludwig von Bertalanffy. Until 2000 she was a research associate of the Institute of Philosophy, University of Münster. Meanwhile she also conducted projects on the history of theoretical morphogenesis and the scientific life of Paul A. Weiss as a visiting scholar of the MPI for Neurobiology, the Rockefeller Archive Center, and the Department of Medical Genetics, University of Utah. The German Research Foundation awarded her a Research Fellowship to continue her biographical project on Paul A. Weiss at Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University until early 2003.