History of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

1983

Max Syrbe, Fraunhofer President 1.10.1983 - 30.9.1993

Max Syrbe, Fraunhofer President 1.10.1983 - 30.9.1993

7th Fraunhofer President

Max Syrbe, until now head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Information and Data Processing IITB, takes over the post of president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft from Heinz Keller. His aim is to consolidate the rapid gain in size of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft over the previous ten years by following on with a phase of qualitative growth.

Divestigation

The Documentation Center for Water DZW in Düsseldorf is divested.

Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize ceremony

The prize-giving ceremony of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 1983 takes place at the annual convention in Berlin.

Winners of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize:

  • Dr. Heinz Lowak
    from the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF for his research on the influence of component size, load sequence and load level on the increase in fatigue strength by mechanically generated residual compressive stresses
  • Iris Altpeter, Bernhard Reimringer and Dr. Werner Theiner
    from the Fraunhofer Institute for Non-Destructive Testing IZFP for their research and development of nondestructive analysis of microstructure and internal stresses in tempered steels and tempered near-surface layers

1984

Foundation Fraunhofer Institute

To provide local industry with access to forward-looking technology, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is founded in Aachen.  

"Foreseeing the potential of the laser as a general tool was not difficult shortly after it was discovered. It was important for Fraunhofer to seize the opportunities as the development of a market for applications became apparent. The promising candidate for the management of the Fraunhofer ILT was working at the TU Darmstadt at that time, but North Rhine-Westphalia was most willing to start something big with this hope. We have set the concept for the ILT in Aachen in a small circle. When the plan became public, everything was already lashed. This confidential development in a network of reliable partners at federal, state and university level was the recipe for success.«

Dr. Alexander Imbusch, until 2006 Head of the Department of Research and Communication and "father" of many Fraunhofer Institutes.

Entrance Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, Aachen

Entrance Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, Aachen

Cutting with laser light
© Fraunhofer ILT

Cutting with laser light

Foundation Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics

The Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics is founded with the aim of avoiding thematic overlaps and duplication of work at the participating institutes. Today the group is one of the world's top four research institutions in the field of microelectronics.

Promote spin-offs

In a published report, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft announces its intention to promote the formation of spin-off companies by Fraunhofer employees, because this is seen as a particularly effective way of transferring know-how from the scientific community to private industry.

35 years of Fraunhofer

After 35 years, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft employs a staff of 3,500.

Its 33 institutes generate research to the value of 360 million marks.

Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize ceremony

The prize-giving ceremony of the 1984 Joseph von Fraunhofer Awards takes place at the annual convention in Stuttgart.

Winners of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize:

  • Dieter Boley
    from the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Engineering and Automation IPA for his interactive programming of industrial robots
  • August Potthast
    from the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK for his research work on the graphic-dynamic simulation of NC programs
Winner of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 1984 Dieter Boley of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA

Winner of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 1984 Dieter Boley of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA

Winner of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Award 1984 August Potthast from the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK

Winner of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Award 1984 August Potthast from the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK

1985

New Institutes

In Erlangen, two working groups are formed in the field of microelectronics, which later become the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, Applied Electronics Department, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, Device Technology Department.

The Institute for Aerosol Biology IAe in Schmallenberg is transformed into the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology IUCT.

Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize ceremony

The award ceremony of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 1985 takes place at the annual meeting in Munich.

Winners of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize:

  • Dr. Helmut Ennen and William Haydl
  • from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF for investigations on the luminescence of rare earths in semiconductors

  • Dr. Franz Quante and Ahmet Topkaya
    from the Fraunhofer Institute for Information and Data Processing IITB for their devices for the diagnosis and therapy control of periodontal diseases (parodentopathies) in the dental practice (Periotest)
Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize Winner 1985 Helmut Ennen from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF

Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize Winner 1985 Helmut Ennen from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF

Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize Winner 1985 Franz Quante (left) and Ahmet Topkaya (center) from the Fraunhofer Institute for Information and Data Processing IITB

Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize Winner 1985 Franz Quante (left) and Ahmet Topkaya (center) from the Fraunhofer Institute for Information and Data Processing IITB

1986

In Darmstadt, the Working Group for Computer Graphics Research AGD is formed, which quickly grows into a fully-fledged institute, the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, founded in 1991.

Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize ceremony

The prize-giving ceremony of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 1986 takes place at the annual convention in Wiesbaden.

Winners of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize:

  • Michael Göhner and Gerd Schlaich
    from the Fraunhofer Institute for Information Technology and Automation IPA for their fully automatic cable assembly with robots
  • Gottfried Bonn, Rudi Grimm, Ingolf Hertlin, Joachim Tatje
    from the Fraunhofer Institute for Information and Data Processing IITB for their system architecture and program design of very large process control systems
  • Gerhard Fischer and Dr. Vatroslav Grubisic
    from the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF for their test facility for the realistic investigation of the durability of vehicle wheels, hubs and bearings
  • Dr. Horst-Lothar Fiedler
    from the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS for the production of a monolithic VLSI device for ISDN interfaces
  • Wolfgang Müller, Günter Schäfer and Dr. Volker Schmitz
    from the Fraunhofer Institute for Non-Destructive Testing IZFP for a method and devices for ultrasonic imaging of material defects
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfram Wettling and Dr. Johannes Windscheif
    from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF for nondestructive testing of GaAs wafers

1987

Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize ceremony

The award ceremony of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 1987 takes place at the annual conference in Munich.

Winners of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize:

  • Dr. Rudolf Fahring
    from the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Aerosol Research ITA for the hypothesis on the genetic mechanism of action of tumor promotion and cocarcinogenesis and their application as a short-term test
  • Dr. Frank Michael Hutter and Dr. Alfred Kaiser
  • from the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC for their research work on the removal of arsenic from grinding wastewater in the glass industry

  • Ulrike Brosamer, Bernhard Urich, Dr. Bert Voß
  • from the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM for a computer-controlled test system for the determination of material properties in the toughened zone using the method of partial relief

  • Dr. Eckhard Beyer, Arnold Gillner, Dr. Reinhart Poprawe, Dr. Falk Rühl, Dr. Konrad Wissenbach
  • from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT for a laser system for domain refinement in grain-oriented electrical sheets

  • Dr. Wilhelm Dangelmaier, Ralf Michael Fuchs, Günther Hachtel, Hermann Kühnle
  • from the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Engineering and Automation IPA for a graphic-based production planning and control system (GRIPPS)

1988

The proportion of military research relative to the total budget of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft now lies at only 10 per cent. This relative decline is largely due to strong growth in the civil research fields and institutes.

Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize ceremony

The award ceremony of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prizes 1988 takes place at the annual conference in Aachen.

Winners of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize:

  • Carlo Benecke, Rudolf Bachers, Bernd Becker, Michael Augustin
  • from the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Engineering and Automation IPA for a simulation system for material handling and storage processes

  • Dr. Eckhard Beyer, Reinhard Kramer, Dr. Peter Loosen, Frank Treppe, Heinrich Willerscheid
  • from the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT for the development of a method and device for the diagnosis of laser beams

  • H.P. Kugler, Dr. N. Eisenreich, A. Geißler, C. Fabry
  • from the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT for the development of an optical method for the dynamic measurement of Poisson's number of materials

  • Wolfram Budde
  • from the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS for research on a CMOS circuit for automatic telephone exchange switches

  • Ingolf Münster
  • from the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS for research on an integrated circuit for camera control

Award ceremony of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Awards at the Annual Meeting 1988 in Aachen

Award ceremony of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Awards at the Annual Meeting 1988 in Aachen

Award ceremony of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Awards at the Annual Meeting 1988 in Aachen

Award ceremony of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Awards at the Annual Meeting 1988 in Aachen

1989

Foundation of the European Association of Contract Research Organisations (EACRO)

The contract research organizations from France, Italy, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are founding the European Association of Contract Research Organizations (EACRO), representing common interests in the European Union.

Changeover to civil contract research

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft responds to the decline in the proportion of military research with a plan to convert certain areas of research and even entire institutes to civil contract research. The greater part of this conversion plan is implemented over the next five years. One example of complete and successful conversion to contract research is the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Materials Research IFAM in Bremen, which will change its name to the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Applied Materials Research in 1999.  

Development of cochlear implant

The development of a cochlear implant at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS makes it possible to provide the deaf with a rudimentary listening experience.


40 years of Fraunhofer

Over the last ten years, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has tripled its figures: almost 6,400 employees in 37 institutes now produce a total volume of nearly 700 million marks a year.  

On April 1, 1989, Dr. Dirk-Meints Polter takes over the position of Chief Human Resources Officer from his predecessor Eberhard Schlephorst

Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize ceremony

The award ceremony of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 1989 takes place at the annual meeting in Munich.

 

 

 

Winners of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize:

  • Prof. Dr. Cornelius Zetzsch
    from the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Aerosol Research ITA for an aerosol smog chamber and scientific work on the photodegradation of atmospheric trace substances and their reaction kinetics
  • Klaus Scherer, Michael Bollerott, Werner Brockherde, Gerhard Kellings
    from the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS for microelectronic ear prostheses designed for high speech intelligibility
  • Dr. Wolfgang Gebhardt and Friedhelm Walte
    from the Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing IZFP for their development of an ultrasonic single-head test method for the detection of cracks in thick-walled welded constructions by means of mode conversion
  • Eckhardt Schneider and Rüdiger Herzer
    from the Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing IZFP for an automatic measuring system for the determination of mechanical stress states in components by means of multi-mode ultrasonic waves