Past Presidents

Experienced academics at the helm of TUM have decisively shaped the path of our university since 1868 – whether as Directors, Rectors and, in more recent years, as Presidents.

With his reform agenda “TUM. The Entrepreneurial University“, Wolfgang A. Herrmann transformed TUM into a modern, open-minded university of international renown. Today, TUM is regarded as one of the leading research universities in Europe and it has qualified as a University of Excellence continuously since 2006. Portrait and CV

The physicist and later Bavarian science minister paved the way for the subsequent evolution of TUM to become a University of Excellence. Portrait and CV

All directors, rectors and presidents since 1868

Royal Bavarian Polytechnic School at Munich / Technical University of Munich (Technische Hochschule)

1868–1874
Carl Max von Bauernfeind
Civil engineer and geodesist

1874–1877
Wilhelm von Beetz
Physicist

1877–1880
August von Kluckhohn
Historian

1880–1889
Carl Max von Bauernfeind
Civil engineer and geodesist

1889–1895
Karl Ritter von Haushofer
Mineralogist

1895–1900
Egbert Ritter von Hoyer
Mechanical engineer

1900–1903
Walther Ritter von Dyck
Mathematician

Technical University of Munich (Technische Hochschule München; Technische Universität München since 1970)

1903–1906
Walther Ritter von Dyck
Mathematician

1906–1908
Friedrich von Thiersch
Architect

1908–1911
Moritz Schröter
Mechanical engineer

1911–1913
Siegmund Günther
Geographer

1913–1915
Heinrich Frhr. von Schmidt
Architect

1915–1917
Karl Lintner
Chemist

1917–1919
Karl Heinrich Hager
Mechanical engineer

1919–1925
Walther Ritter von Dyck
Mathematician

1925–1927
Jonathan Zenneck
Physicist

1927–1929
Kaspar Dantscher
Hydraulic engineer

1929–1931
Johann Ossanna
Electrical engineer

1931–1933
Richard Schachner
Architect

1933–1935
Anton Schwaiger
Electrical engineer

1935–1938
Albert Wolfgang Schmidt
Chemist

1938–1945
Lutz Pistor
Civil engineer

1945 (komm.)
Hans Döllgast
Architect

1945–1946
Georg Faber
Mathematician

1946–1947
Robert Vorhoelzer
Architect

1947–1948
Ludwig Föppl
Mechanical engineer

1948–1951
Hans Piloty
Electrical engineer

1951–1954
August Rucker
Civil engineer

1954–1956
Robert Sauer
Mathematician

1956–1958
Ernst Schmidt
Thermodynamicist

1958–1960
Max Kneissl
Geodesist

1960–1962
Gustav Aufhammer
Plant breeder

1962–1964
Franz Patat
Chemist

1964–1965
Heinrich Netz
Mechanical engineer

1965–1968
Gerd Albers
Urban planner

1968–1970
Horst Engerth
Engineer and brewer

1970–1972
Heinz Schmidtke
Human factors and ergonomics engineer

1972–1976
Ulrich Grigull
Mechanical engineer (thermodynamics)

1976–1980
Ulrich Grigull
Mechanical engineer (thermodynamics)

1980–1986
Wolfgang Wild
Physicist (Bavarian Science Minister 1986-1989)

1986–1987
Herbert Kupfer
Civil engineer

1987–1995
Otto Meitinger
Architect

1995–2019
Wolfgang A. Herrmann
Chemist

2019–
Thomas F. Hofmann
Food and organic chemist