Rose-Luise Winkler, née Walther, 1943 in Schwerin (Mecklenburg), studied domestic trade economics at the University of Rostock, graduating with a diploma in 1965. Doctorate in 1969 at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Lomonosov University in Moscow (Candidate of Philosophical Sciences). Until 1990 she worked at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Humboldt University in Sociology (1970-1972), from 1972 successively at two institutes of the German Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Sciences of the GDR respectively – Institute for Philosophy and Organization of Science (IWTO) and the Institute for Sociology and Social Policy. Within the framework of the agreements of the CMEA countries she participated in the program for science research (leading institution IGNT Moscow).
Publications on the sociology of science, multiple participation in International Congresses on the History of Science (Mexico City 2001, Beijing 2005, Budapest 2009, Manchester 2013).