TU Darmstadt Honours and Awards

Honorary Doctorates are conferred upon recommendation of a department. This rare honour is bestowed upon individuals whose excellent scientific or artistic performance has earned them special merit. Those honoured may not be members of TU Darmstadt. The Senate must agree to the conferral of the honorary doctorate.

The title of Honorary Senator recognises special services for and in support of TU Darmstadt. These include strengthening TU’s reputation as well as significant support for TU. An honorary senatorship cannot be conferred on TU members. Individual university members or groups can ask for the title to be conferred. It is awarded in the context of an academic ceremony following a Senate vote.

The Erasmus Kittler Medal, founded 1977, honours individuals who have rendered outstanding personal services to TU Darmstadt. The medal can be awarded to TU members as well as external recipients. Any TU member can request the conferral of a Kittler Medal. The President decides on the conferral in agreement with the Vice President, following a Senate hearing.

The Medal is named after Erasmus Kittler, who was appointed to the world’s first university chair for Electrical Engineering at Technische Hochschule Darmstadt.

Click on the headings below to see the Honorary Doctors, Honorary Senators and Kittler Medal holders:

Honorary Doctors Honorary Senators Kittler Medal holders

2000 until now

Name Title Upon recommendation of department Awarded
Iachello, Francesco Prof. Dr. Prof. h.c. Dr. h.c. mult. Physik 11.07.2017
Wriggers, Peter Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h.c. mult. Bau- und Umweltingenieurwissenschaften 26.06.2015
Merz, Hans Günter (HG) Prof. Dr.-Ing. h.c. Architektur 16.04.2014
Etourneau, Jean Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Dr.h.c. Material- und Geowissenschaften 21.11.2013
Kaneko, Makoto Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik 06.05.2013
Müller, Günter Prof. Dr.rer.pol. Dr.rer.nat.h.c. Informatik 31.10.2011
Raffler, Hartmut Prof. Dr.h.c.mult. Dipl.-Math. Informatik 17.01.2007
Iggers, Georg G. (Ph.D.) Prof. Dr.phil.h.c. Gesellschafts- und Geschichtswissenschaften 03.07.2006
Mertens, Peter Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c.mult. Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften 08.11.2005
Zilch, Konrad Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Bauingenieurwesen und Geodäsie 14.10.2005
König, Gert Prof. Dr. Dr.-Ing. E.h.mult. Bauingenieurwesen und Geodäsie 30.06.2004
Georganas, Nicolas (Ph.D.) Prof. Dr. Dr.-Ing.E.h. Elektrotechnik u. Informationstechnik 02.06.2004
Dülfer, Eberhard Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften 19.05.2004
Ferraris, Giovanni Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Material- und Geowissenschaften 19.05.2004
Bathe, Klaus-Jürgen (PhD, DSc) Prof. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Bauingenieurwesen und Geodäsie 05.12.2003
Giloi, Wolfgang K. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Informatik 03.11.2003
Kleiber, Michal Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Mechanik 14.05.2003
Peters, Norbert Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.h.c. Maschinenbau/Bauingenieurwesen 22.11.2002
Gleiter, Herbert Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Material- und Geowissenschaften 30.04.2002
Maugin, Gérard A. (Ph.D., D.Sc.) Prof. Dr.h.c. Mechanik 24.01.2002
Bohigas, Oriol Dr. rer.nat.h.c. Physik (Kernphysik) 28.11.2001
Wahlster, Wolfgang Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c.mult. Informatik 08.11.2001
Lange, Otto Ludwig Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Dr.h.c.mult. Biologie (Botanik) 08.05.2001
Straßer, Wolfgang Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing.E.h. Informatik 16.11.2000
Wittig, Sigmar Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing.E.h. Maschinenbau 09.06.2000

1990 until 1999

1980 until 1989

1970 until 1979

1960 until 1969

1950 until 1959

1930 until 1949

1920 until 1929

1910 until 1919

1900 until 1909



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