1840 – He was born at Wels in Upper Austria on the 22nd of June 1840.
1866 – After studying at the universities of Vienna, Göttingen and Berlin, he became professor at the University of Lemberg, and in quick succession held similar positions at Prague, Strasbourg and Berlin.
1872 – Brunner devoted himself especially to studying the early laws and institutions of the Franks and kindred peoples of Western Europe, and on these subjects his researches have been of supreme value.
– He also became a leading authority on modern German law.
1884-1886 – He became a member of the Berlin Academy of Sciences and after the death of G. Waitz, undertook the supervision of the Leges section of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica.
1915 – Henry Brunner died.