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University of Duisburg-Essen,
Chair of Mechatronics
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h.c. mult. Manfred Hiller
14.09.1939 – 02.05.2019
With great dismay and sadness we had to know last week that our former colleague, Professor Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h.c. mult. Manfred Hiller died at the age of 79.
Manfred Hiller was born on 14.09.1939 in Stuttgart and studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Stuttgart. After his doctorate, habilitation and activities as assistant, senior assistant, private lecturer and professor at the Institute for Mechanics of the University of Stuttgart, he accepted an appointment to the Chair for Machine Dynamics at the former University of Duisburg in 1987. Prof. Manfred Hiller then founded the Chair of Mechatronics on 1.10.1991 and was thus one of the pioneers in this new field of engineering sciences and initiators of mechatronics courses in Germany. He headed the chair since then until his retirement on 30.9.2004. He remained associated with the chair and its staff and continued to represent the field of mechatronics at international conferences, in numerous scientific committees and as author and co-author of journal articles and reference books.
In 1990, he was one of the initiators and founding fathers of the Institute of Mechatronics (IMECH GmbH) at the Eurotech Rheinpreußen Technology Park in Moers, which he headed until 2001.
Prof. Hiller was highly regarded worldwide as an outstanding scientist and university teacher. From 1996 to 2001, for example, he was the spokesperson of Collaborative Research Center 291 of the German Research Foundation (DFG). His scientific achievements have earned him honorary doctorates from the Universities of Miskolc in Hungary and Cluj Napoka in Romania as well as the Living Honorary Member of the International Research Association "Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science" (ITFoMM).
The University of Duisburg-Essen, the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, the colleagues from the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering and all current and former employees of the Chair of Mechatronics will honor Professor Hiller with gratitude and recognition. We will miss his always open ear for colleagues, employees and students and his tireless energy and helpfulness until old age.
Our deepest sympathy goes to his family.
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