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TU Berlin Mourns the Loss of Günter Spur

Tuesday, 20. August 2013

Renowned scientist and "Father of the Factory of the Future" dies at 84

TU Berlin is in mourning for Professor em. Dr.-Ing. h.c. mult. Dr.-Ing. E.h. mult. Dr.-Ing. Günter Spur, who died at the age of 84 on August 20, 2013.

Günter Spur supervised nearly 300 doctoral graduates, and far more than 1300 dissertations

Günter Spur was widely recognized as a preeminent scientist and university lecturer both nationally and internationally, as witnessed by his eight honorary doctorates, one honorary academic chair, and numerous memberships in scientific academies. From 1965 to 1997, he was the head of the Institute for Machine Tools and Factory Operations of the TU Berlin. Until 1997, he also served as director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology since its inception in 1976.

Over several decades he made significant contributions to the manufacturing technologies at both the national and international levels. The interplay between basic research on the one hand and industrial application on the other was of particular concern to him. Günter Spur supervised nearly 300 doctoral graduates, and far more than 1300 dissertations. Many of these graduates are now themselves university professors in Germany and abroad. With his colleagues and students, Prof. Spur was the stimulus for a generation of industrial engineering scientists who laid the cornerstone at TU Berlin for the 'Berlin School' of industrial engineering.

With the passing of Günter Spur we are losing a most renowned and exceptionally committed scientist, university professor and colleague. Until recently, he came to the institute nearly every day, where he continued to dedicatedly tackle scientific challenges. His interests ranged far beyond the boundaries of industrial engineering. In his role as university lecturer he has sustainably and positively influenced many generations of scientists in both their personal and professional development. In all of his scientific endeavors, Günter Spur always strove to make a decisive contribution to achieving recognition for industrial engineering as an independent field of science. We are losing a friend, who right up until the end of his life was also committed to advancing university curriculum, in addition to initiating new projects and publications. TU Berlin mourns the loss of one of its most respected members and will continue to appropriately honor and preserve his memory.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Steinbach
Technische Universität Berlin

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