University mourns former rector Horst Gerhardt

Horst Gerhardt at the award of the honorary senator 2010
On May 13 this year Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h.c. Horst Gerhardt died at the age of 86 As Rector of TU Bergakademie Freiberg, he helped shape social and political change at the university between 1988 and 1991.

In his office, the mining engineer, born in 1935, made a decisive contribution to repositioning the university in the German university and research landscape. In November 1990 for example, it became the first university in the new federal states to become a member of the University Rectors' Conference. Thanks to the commitment of Prof. Horst Gerhardt TU Bergakademie Freiberg was accepted into the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In addition, the Faculty of Business Administration was re-established under the leadership of the Rector during the eventful period of change.

ehemaliger Rektor Prof. Horst GerhardtAs one of the first professors of the new political system, Prof. Horst Gerhardt was, by a pan-German appointment committee on October 1, 1992, newly appointed to the chair in Freiberg which he had held since 1980. Until 2000, he successfully taught and researched at the newly founded Institute for Mining and Special Civil Engineering of TU Bergakademie Freiberg. In October 2010, the former rector received the honorary senator for his special services to the development of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

His professional achievements were always highly valued not only in the German and international raw materials industry; As early as the 1980s, he had been able to establish close personal contact with his colleagues around the world through the Society of Mining Professors and intensively cultivated this network and scientific exchange long after he left active professional life. In addition to his professional competence, Prof. Horst Gerhardt remains a role model for everyone who worked with him, especially because of his human nature and correct and targeted cooperation.