Birkhäuser was a Swiss publisher founded in 1879 by Emil Birkhäuser. It was acquired by Springer Science+Business Media in 1985. Today it is an imprint used by two companies in unrelated fields:

  • Springer continues to publish science (particularly: history of science, geosciences, computer science) and mathematics books and journals under the Birkhäuser imprint (with a leaf logo) sometimes called Birkhäuser Science.[1][2]
  • Birkhäuser Verlag[3] – an architecture and design publishing company was (re)created in 2010 when Springer sold its design and architecture segment to ACTAR.[4] The resulting Spanish-Swiss company was then called ActarBirkhäuser. After a bankruptcy,[2] in 2012 Birkhäuser Verlag was sold again, this time to De Gruyter.[5][6]
Parent companySpringer Science+Business Media (science)
Walter de Gruyter (design)
FounderEmil Birkhäuser
Country of originSwitzerland
Headquarters locationBasel
Publication typesbooks, academic journals
Official (Springer) (de Gruyter)

Additionally, the Reinach-based printer Birkhäuser+GBC[7] operates independently of the above, being now owned by Basler Zeitung.[8][9]


The original Swiss publishers program focused on regional literature. In the 1920s the sons of Emil Birkhäuser established a basis for the current scientific program with academic journals and reference books, later progressing to textbooks and monographs in the natural sciences. (The company was formally known as "Verlag Emil Birkhäuser & Cie. A.G." back then.) In the 1940s the scientific segments were expanded and gained international recognition. Publications in civil engineering followed as did further journals and book series in the ensuing years. In the 1960s the publishing program was expanded to incorporate architecture and art of famous painters, lithographs and gravures. Birkhäuser opened a branch office in Boston, Massachusetts, USA in 1979 which focused on mathematics and theoretical physics. From 1985 to 2010 Birkhäuser entirely was a part of the Springer Group.


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  4. "Kunstbuch: Jetzt offiziell: Springer zum Birkhäuser-Verkauf an Actar | Verlage" (in German). Archived from the original on 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2013-12-31.
  5. "De Gruyter übernimmt Birkhäuser" (in German). 2012-04-24. Retrieved 2013-12-31.
  6. Archived August 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  7. "Birkhäuser+GBC AG". Retrieved 2013-12-31.
  8. pop (2012-03-21). "Birkhäuser-Verlag vor der Pleite - Econo" (in German). Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2013-12-31.
  9. "Birkhäuser prüft Abbau von 55 Stellen - News Basel: Land" (in German). Retrieved 2013-12-31.
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