Golden Ring of Honor

The Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is a prestigious award which is presented to persons who have far surpassed their duty in making outstanding contributions to research, teaching, the promotion of young scientists, or educational and university policy. The ring is crafted by goldsmiths using 18-Karat gold, and it bears the logo of the university.

The following persons have received the Golden Ring of Honor since it was first presented in 1997:

2019

Owner and former managing director of the Straubinger Tagblatt / Landshuter Zeitung media group

Dr. Hermann Balle received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2019.

Vice President of the Bavarian Parliament, former State Minister for Science, Research and Arts

Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2019.

Delegate officer of the President for the scientific exchange with France and for the strategic alliances EuroTech and GlobalTech

Dr. Hannemor Keidel received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2019.

Representative of the president for Fundraising, Professor emeritus of Limonology

Prof. Dr. Arnulf Melzer received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2019.

Former President of the Bavarian State Parliament

Barbara Stamm received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2019.

Former President of the Republic of Singapore

Dr. Tony Tan received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2019.

2012

District Administrator of the district of Berchtesgadener Land

Georg Grabner received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2012.

Entrepreneur, Honorary Senator and alumnus of the TU Munich, former President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria, former President of the Economic Advisory Council for the Bavarian Union

Dr. Dieter Soltmann received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2012.

2010

Secretary General of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Dr. Christian Bode received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2010.

Representative of the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan and of University Medicine

Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Reichlmayr-Lais received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2010.

2008

Director of the Center for Higher Education Development (CHE)

Prof. Dr. Detlev Müller-Böling received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2008.

Former chairman of the executive board and of the supervisory board of the BMW Group

Eberhard von Kuenheim received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2008.

2007

Founder of ILF Consulting Engineers GmbH

Adolf Feizlmayr received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2007.

2006

Member of the management board of E.ON Energie AG

Dr. Walter Hohlefelder received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2006.

Former chariman of the Hans-Fischer-Society

Dr. Karl-Heinz Michl received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2006.

2004

Professor emeritus of Experimental Physics (Department of Physics), Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1961

Prof. Dr. Rudolf L. Mößbauer (1929–2011) received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2004.

Bavarian Minister of State for Economics, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology

Dr. Otto Wiesheu received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2004.

2003

Chairman of the executive board of Siemens AG

Dr. Heinrich von Pierer received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2003.

2000

Professor emeritus of Technical Physics (Department of Physics)

Prof. Dr. Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (1911–2000) received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2000.

1998

Representative of the President of the TU Munich responsible for appointing professors

Dr.-Ing. Rainer Kuch received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 1998.

1997

Chief Engineer (retired) at the Chair of the Fundamentals of Design and Representation (TUM Department of Architecture)

Thomas Feile received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 1997.

Director of the Munich Morris Dancers (a dance group which forms part of the TUM’s university sports)

Gertrude Krombholz received the Golden Ring of Honor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 1997.

The information provided was current at the time the award was received.