Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany – also known as the Federal Cross of Merit – is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the nation.

Federal President Theodor Heuss established the Order in 1951 on the occasion of the second anniversary of the founding of the Federal Republic. The Order comprises nine classes in the groups Medal of Merit, Order of Merit, Great Cross of Merit and Grand Cross, and may be awarded to Germans and foreign nationals alike.

The following members of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have been awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany:

Grand Cross

Honorary Professor at the Department of Chemistry

Prof. Dr. Robert Huber received the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1997.

Knight Commander's Cross

Professor Emeritus of Toxicology and Environmental Hygiene (TUM School of Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Helmut Greim received the Knight Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2015.

Commander's Cross

Honorary Professor at TUM School of Management

Prof. Dr. Horst Teltschik received the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2008.

Professor Emeritus of Integrated Circuitry (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ingolf Ruge received the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2004.

Honorary Professor of Testing and Monitoring Technology (Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Prof. Dr. Karl Eugen Becker received the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1998.

Full Professor of Nuclear Reactor Dynamics and Safety (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Prof. Dr. Adolf Birkhofer (1934-2019) received the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1994.

Officer's Cross

Full Professor of nuclear reactor dynamics and safety (Department of Informatics)

Prof. Dr. Dr. Arndt Bode received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2018.

Full Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance (TUM School of Management)

Prof. Dr. Ann-Kristin Achleitner received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2014.

Professor Emeritus of Land Management and Land Tenure (Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering)

Prof. Dr. Holger Magel received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2013.

Full Professor of Microbiology (TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan)

Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Schleifer received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2006.

Full Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology (TUM School of Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Franz Hofmann received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2004.

Full Professor of Database Systems and Knowledge Bases (Department of Informatics)

Prof. Rudolf Bayer received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1999.

Honorary Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Prof. Dr. Peter Lisson received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1997.

Honorary Professor at the Department of Architecture)

Prof. Hans-Ulrich Schmidt received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1996.

Full Professor of Internal Medicine (TUM School of Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Meinhard Classen (1936-2019) received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1995.

Professor Emeritus of Technical Microbiology and Brewing Technology (Faculty of Brewing, Food Technology and Dairy Science)

Prof. Dr. Siegfried Donhauser received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1994.

President Emeritus of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), former Bavarian State Minister for Sciences and Arts

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wild received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1994.

Cross

Professor Emeritus of History of Architecture (Department of Architecture)

Prof. Dr. Winfried Nerdinger received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2017.

Professor Emeritus of Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery (TUM School of Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Edgar Biemer received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2014.

Full Professor of Soil Science (TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan)

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2014.

Acting Vice President for Diversity and Talent Management

Dr. Hannemor Keidel received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2013.

Full Professor of Cerebral Palsy and Pediatric Neuro-Orthopedics (TUM School of Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Renée Lampe received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2012.

Full Professor of Automatic Control Engineering (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Prof. Dr.-Ing./Univ. Tokio Martin Buss received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2011.

Professor Emeritus of Preventive and Rehabilitative Sports Medicine (TUM School of Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Dieter Jeschke received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2011.

Professor Emeritus of Limnology (TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan)

Prof. Dr. Arnulf Melzer received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2011.

Sponsor of the Ingeborg Ortner Kinderhaus at TUM Campus Garching

Ingeborg Ortner received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2011.

Full Professor of Pediatrics (TUM School of Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Carl-Peter Bauer received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2010.

Full Professor of Physics I (E18) (Department of Physics)

Prof. Dr. Stephan Paul received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2010.

Professor Emeritus of Microfabrication Technology and Microtechnology (Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Heinzl received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2009.

Full Professor of Computation in Engineering (Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering)

Prof. Dr. Ernst Rank received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2009.

Full Professor of Nuclear Medical Clinic and Policlinic (TUM School of Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Markus Schwaiger received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2009.

Full Professor of Woodscience (TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan)

Prof. Dr. Gerd Wegener received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2009.

Full Professor of Scientific Communication (TUM School of Education)

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang M. Heckl received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2008.

Senior consultant at the Department of Pediatric Haematology and Oncology at the Clinic for Children’s and Youth Medicine of the Klinikum Schwabing and of the TUM Rechts der Isar Hospital

Dr. Michaela Nathrath received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2008.

Full Professor of Circuit Theory and Signal Processing (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Prof. Dr. Josef A. Nossek received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2008.

Full Professor of Experimental Physics (E13) - Functional Materials (Department of Physics)

Prof. Dr. Winfried Petry received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2008.

Full Professor of Mathematics Education since 2009 (TUM School of Education)

Prof. Dr. Kristina Reiss received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2008.

Full Professor of Technical Electronics (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Prof. Dr. Doris Schmitt-Landsiedel received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2008.

Full Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance (TUM School of Management)

Prof. Dr. Ann-Kristin Achleitner received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2007.

Professor of Ecotoxikology (TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan)

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Huber (1942–2017) received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2007.

Full Professor of Gynaecology (TUM School of Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Marion Kiechle received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2007.

Honorary Professor at the Department of Informatics

Prof. Dr. Ernst Denert received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2005.

Honorary Professor at TUM School of Medicine

Prof. Dr. Herbert Genzel received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2005.

Honorary Professor at the Department of Informatics

Prof. Dr. Gerd Hirzinger received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2004.

Full Professor of Water Quality and Waste Technology (Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering)

Prof. Dr. Dr.-Ing. Peter Wilderer received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2004.

Professor of Proteomics (TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan)

Prof. Dr. Angelika Görg received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2003.

Full Professor of Microbiology (TUM School of Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Herrmann Wagner received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2003.

Full Professor of Mathematical Statistics (Department of Mathematics)

Prof. Dr. Claudia Klüppelberg received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2001.

Full Professor of Applied Engineering in Information Technology and Numeric Programming (Department of Informatics)

Prof. Dr. Christoph Zenger received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2001.

Full Professor of Electronic Design Automation (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kurt Antreich received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2000.

Full Professor of Mechanics (Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Friedrich Pfeiffer received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2000.

Honorary Professor at the Department of Informatics

Prof. Dr. Hans-Herrmann Braess received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1999.

Staff Member of the Department of Informatics

Hans Kuss received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1999.

Professor Emeritus of Propulsion (Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günter Kappler received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1998.

Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry (Department of Chemistry)

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang A. Herrmann received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1997.

Full Professor of Software & Systems Engineering (Department of Informatics)

Prof. Dr. Manfred Broy received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1996.

Associate Professor of Technology in Plant Cultivation and Landscape Conservation (since 1996)

Prof. Dr. Hermann Auernhammer received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1995.

Full Professor of Diagnostic Radiology (TUM School of Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Paul Gerhardt received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1995.

Full Professor of Structural Mechanics (Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harry Grundmann received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1995.

Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry (Department of Chemistry)

Prof. Dr. Maria-Elisabeth Michel-Beyerle received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1995.

Honorary Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Milberg received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1994.

Full Professor of Surgery (TUM School of Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüdiger Siewert received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1994.

In brackets: Year in which the award was received

* = not yet at TUM when the award was received

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