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Winfried Petry becomes "Emeritus of Excellence"

2018-10-29 – News from the Physics Department

Prof. i.R. Dr. Winfried Petry has been awarded with the honorary title of Emeritus of Excellence of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). TUM-President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang A. Herrmann bestowed the certificate appreciating his academic achievements on 9 October.

Winfried Petry (l.) receives the award from TUM-President Wolfgang Herrmann (r.).
Prof. Winfried Petry (l.) receives the award from TUM-President Prof. Wolfgang Herrmann (r.). – Photo: Uli Benz / TUM

Winfried Petry received the honorary title recognizing his lifework during the TUM-Emeriti of Excellence general meeting at the Vorhoelzer Forum of TUM. The 67-year-old already received the Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande (2008), the Honorary professorship of the Chinese Atomic Energy Agency (2006) and he is Honorary Member of the Kerntechnische Gesellschaft in Germany (2018). In 1992, Petry was appointed professor for experimental physics at the Physics Department of TUM, he served as its dean and was a member of the TUM-senate. Until his retirement in March 2017 Winfried Petry has been Scientific Director at the research neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) for 17 years and since 2011 Director at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum.

Professor Winfried Petry
Professor Winfried Petry – Photo: Uli Benz / TUM

Winfried Petry will continue his engagement at TUM, FRM II and MLZ, also in the context of his new honorary office. He supervises his PhD students intensively, advises the new Scientific Director of the FRM II, Prof. Dr. Peter Müller-Buschbaum, and gets involved with the public relations work of the FRM II.

As Emeritus of Excellence, Winfried Petry will give a talk in the Tech-Histories Alive series on 29 January 2019, at 18.30 h, at the Vorhoelzer Forum, Munich.

Emeriti of Excellence

Since 2006, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has been bestowing the honorary title of “TUM Emeriti of Excellence” on selected retired professors for their outstanding achievements and distinguished service to TUM. The advice of these retired academics is valued particularly highly because of their personal autonomy, vast experience and outstanding reputation in the scientific community. They also underpin TUM’s diversity strategy – adding value by valuing all age groups as transition to a more intergenerational university.

New honorees are selected once a year, taking the following criteria into account: academic excellence in research and teaching, a commitment to the development of TUM, a strong public profile and an extensive network of contacts. A list of candidates is first examined by a committee and then submitted to the President for a decision.

Currently there are 67 former professors holding the honorary title. This year, three professors have been selected: apart from Winfried Petry also Prof. Dr. Leo van Hemmen from the Physics Department and Prof. Dr. Hermann Auernhammer (TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan) have been honoured.

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