Hering studied at the University of Leipzig at Ernst Heinrich Weber, Gustav Theodor Fechner, Otto Funke and Julius Victor Carus. During his studies he became a member of the Leipzig University singers shaft to St. Pauli (today German singer shaft ). Hering wrote works on the sense of space and color perception of the eye. He published his theory of the light sense in Vienna as a monograph in 1874, in book form in 1878. He turned so exclusively against a physical understanding of the colors. On him the opponent color theory goes back to the example the Natural Color System is based. Unlike Hermann von Helmholtz, the (red, green, blue) took a three- color theory, herring came from a four- color theory. Herring held the chair of Jan Evangelista Purkyně at the Charles University of Prague from 1870 to 1895 and sat as a member of the Prague university singers shaft " Bard" (now at Munich ). In 1882 he became the first Rector of the German University of Prague after the division of the university.
His son Heinrich Ewald Hering took the same profession as his father, and came in also to meaning. His uncle was the physician Constantine Hering, his grandfather, the composer Carl Gottlieb Hering, also many other relatives made a name for himself as a writer, musician and composer.
- On the Doctrine of the relationship between body and soul: I. Wed Healing: About Fechner 's psychophysical law. In: Proceedings of / Academy of Sciences in Vienna, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Class / Division III, anatomy and physiology of humans and animals as well as theoretical medicine, 72, pp. 310-348, 1875 see also http://edocs.ub.uni -frankfurt.de/volltexte/2009/12415 /
- Outlines of a theory of the temperature sense. In: Proceedings of / Academy of Sciences in Vienna, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Class, Division III, anatomy and physiology of humans and animals as well as theoretical Medicine, 75, pp. 101-135, 1877, see also http://edocs.ub. uni-frankfurt.de/volltexte/2007/9226 /
- For the theory of the light sense. Six Mittheilungen at the Imperial. Academy of Sciences in Vienna. Second, an unchanged footprint. Gerold, Vienna 1878. ( Digitized and full text in German Text Archive )