Dr. Angelina Whalley


Dr. Angelina Whalley, a licensed physician, is the Director of the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany. She also acts as the creative and conceptual designer of Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS exhibitions.


Born in Hanover, Germany in 1960, Angelina Whalley later pursued Medical Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and graduated from Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg. In 1986, while a scientific employee at the University of Heidelberg and preparing for a career in surgery, she met anatomist, Dr. Gunther von Hagens. Working together in the anatomy labs of Heidelberg University they forged a professional and personal bond that has lasted since 1992 – from the early years after the discovery of Plastination, through the creation of BODY WORLDS exhibitions, to the opening of the exhibitions to critical and public acclaim in more than 100 cities across Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.


In 1993, after five years in scientific employment at the Anatomical Institute of Heidelberg University, Dr. Whalley became director of BIODUR® Products, a company that markets Plastination formulas and auxiliaries to more than 400 medical schools and universities worldwide.


In 1995, Dr. Whalley assumed her role in the BODY WORLDS exhibitions as its creative and conceptual designer. Her work includes space and exhibit planning and installation, and presentation of specimens, organs and plastinates for optimal aesthetic, thematic and didactic value.


In 1997, Dr. Whalley became Director of the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg. Dr. Whalley has promoted the exhibitions and made possible their presentation to more than 40 million people worldwide.


Dr. Angelina Whalley and Dr. Gunther von Hagens married in 1992.

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