On the occasion of the founding anniversary of the Technical University of Munich, the page "Alumni Celebrating Excellence" tells the stories of exciting alumni personalities. Many of the TUM Emeriti of Excellence also studied at the TUM or did their doctorate and are portrayed here.
"I wanted to understand the universe"
Gerhard Abstreiter was the first in his family to attend high school and university. Today the TUM Alumni is a one of the leading researchers in Semiconductor Physics worldwide and has throughout his life been a pioneer. [read more]
"I was one of the youngest and at the same time the boss"
As a child TUM Alumni Kurt Antreich had to flee from his Bohemian homelands. That he was able to gain his university-entrance diploma (Abitur) was not a matter of course. Later he conducted internationally renowned research on the field of Information Technology at TUM. [read more]
"I want to implement digital technology in a socially responsible way"
Already in school maths came easy to TUM Alumni Manfred Broy and he enjoyed it a lot. He turned his fondness for formalisation into his profession and is now one of the most cited computer scientists worldwide. [read more]
"My life is governed by science and sports"
For Wolfgang Domcke no goal is too challenging, neither in the areas of Physics or Chemistry, nor in Sports. As an Emeritus he still conducts frontier research at TUM, unless he is out and about on his mountain bike. [read more]
"The hurdles were pretty high"
Successful entrepreneur and internationally renowned scientist at the same time: Georg Färber mastered this challenge. In the role of TUM Emeritus of Excellence he is still a highly valued advisor to his Alma Mater. [read more]
"The entire world was my laboratory"
Originally, Angelika Görg only wanted to come to TUM for two years to do her PhD. She stayed all her life. As a pioneer in the research of Proteomics, she has received many awards and she found recognition worldwide. [read more]
"Some things work before you know why"
Joachim Heinzl originally wanted to become an architect. But he decided to study Mechanical Engineering at TUM. His groundbreaking research led to the worldwide introduction of inkjet printers. [read more]
"If you don't continue learning all the time, you're lost"
TUM Alumnus Manfred Kleber is a passionate physicist. Receiving an award was never what drove him. Researching and teaching in a circle of motivated colleagues has made him very happy. [read more]
"Decision-making is something you learn in industry"
After gaining his PhD at TUM, Udo Lindemann worked in leading positions at the companies Renk and MAN. Go back to university? Only for the right professorial chair. And then the offer from TUM came. [read more]
"I was lucky to be able to put my own theories into practice"
At school Holger Magel developed a liking for the sustainable design of villages and landscapes. Today the TUM Alumnus has gained a national and international reputation for his commitment in village renewal and rural development. [read more]
"I had a lot of freedom in my research"
At TUM, Franz Mayinger received the education to become a specialist for Thermofluid Dynamics. As a highly esteemed expert for reactor design and safety, among other things, he was active in industry, research and as the chairman of the Federal Major Accidents Commission. [read more]
"We must face up to our history"
Since 1988 Professor Winfried Nerdinger has repeatedly demanded that Munich also take a critical look at National Socialism. More than a quarter of a century later he opened the Documentation Center for the NS History as its founding director. [read more]
"I am now a Tue-Wed-Thu professor"
Whoever deals with neurons will come across his name: Winfried Petry. In October 2018 the alumnus and retired professor has been appointed TUM Emeritus of Excellence – a title that is honouring his lifetime achievements at TUM. [read more]http://www.150.alumni.tum.de/winfried-petry/
"Microorganisms awakened the researcher in me"
Staphylococcus schleiferi is a small living being, a bacterium. It owes its proud name to TUM alumnus Karl-Heinz Schleifer. But within an inch Staphylococcus schleiferi and some of its small friends may well have been named completely different. [read more]