Body Worlds artist Hagens fined for title fraud

27th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

27 April 2005, HEIDELBERG - Gunther von Hagens, who has toured Asian, European and US cities with an exhibition of flayed and dissected human corpses, was fined EUR 108,000 by a court in Germany on Tuesday for falsely claiming to have a doctoral degree from a Chinese university.

27 April 2005

HEIDELBERG - Gunther von Hagens, who has toured Asian, European and US cities with an exhibition of flayed and dissected human corpses, was fined EUR 108,000 by a court in Germany on Tuesday for falsely claiming to have a doctoral degree from a Chinese university.

The court in Heidelberg said von Hagens had no right to call himself a professor in Germany, where such academic titles are strictly regulated.

The court said he had no evidence to show he had more than an honorary PhD from a university near Harbin, China.

More than 60 million people worldwide have seen von Hagens' 'Body Worlds: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies' over the past nine years. The show is currently completing a tour of the United States.

DPA

Subject: German news

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