Gunther von Hagens, born in 1945, studied medicine and graduated from the University of Heidelberg. In 1977, he invented plastination, a revolutionary preservation method for anatomical specimens. He patented the technology and, thus, laid the groundwork for its further development. In 1994, he founded the Institute for Plastination which provides plastinated specimens for teaching purposes and the world-renowned BODY WORLDS exhibitions. Gunther von Hagens is visiting professor at the University of New York, USA and Dalian, China and has published numerous scientific articles and papers.
Angelina Whalley, born in 1960, studied medicine at the Free University of Berlin and graduated from the University of Heidelberg. There, she met Gunther von Hagens, and they got married in 1992. The approbated doctor is the President & CEO of the Institute for Plastination and the conceptual designer of the BODY WORLDS exhibitions, which debuted in Japan in 1995. Since then, more than 32 million people in cities of Asia, Europe, and North America have seen the exhibitions.