History of the Technical University of Munich

Ever since its founding in 1868, our university has been at the forefront of innovation. Scientists today have the same goal as their 19th century counterparts: finding solutions to the major challenges facing society as we move forward.

Lecture hall in the former Chemical Institute

The university was founded to provide the state of Bavaria with a center of learning dedicated to the natural sciences. It has played a vital role in Europe’s technological advancement and has the prestige of having produced a number of Nobel Prize winners.

150 Years of TUM – anniversary stories

Curiosity and an entrepreneurial spirit have been at the heart of TUM for more than 150 years. From the first viable refrigerator to robots capable of feeling to the sandwich molecule – researchers have made numerous inventions and discoveries during that period that still shape our lives today.

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History of TUM

Additional literature:

  • Herrmann, Wolfgang A. (Ed.) (2006):
    Technische Universität München - Die Geschichte eines Wissenschaftsunternehmens, Berlin
    View in university library catalogue
  • State Capital Munich (Kulturreferat, Abt. 1) (2016):
    "ThemenGeschichtsPfad - Auf den Spuren berühmter Forschender und Nobelpreisträger in München"  (Brochure)
    Link to the brochure: muenchen.de
  • Dienel, Hans-Liudger/ Hilz, Helmut (Ed.) (1993):
    Bayerns Weg in das technische Zeitalter - 125 Jahre Technische Universität München ; 1868 - 1993, Munich
    View in university library catalogue
  • Wengenroth, Ulrich/ Dienel, Hans-Liudger (Ed.) (1993):
    Technische Universität München - Annäherungen an ihre Geschichte, Munich
    View in university library catalogue

Notable personalities

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