Von Dechend was born in 1915 in Heidelberg.
Since 1934 she worked in Frankfurt/Main at the Frobenius Institute. She graduated in 1943 in Frankfurt and afterwards was employed at the Institute for the History od Natural Sciences. Von Dechend participated at the first meeting of German anthropologists after WW II (Frankfurt/Main, 19.-21.09.1946). She habiltated in 1960. In 1966 she became professor for the History of Natural Sciences. Between 1960 and 1966 she regularly taught and researched at MIT/Cambridge (US).
Hertha von Dechend died in 2001
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(text based on BAA of Prof. Riese; photo source: http://www.mulinodiamleto.it/mulino-di-amleto/de-santillana-e-von-dechend/hertha-von-dechend)