Recipients of the "Bene Merenti" Medal
The "Bene Merenti" Medal of Honour in Gold, Silver or Bronze is awarded for special services to the University of Würzburg. As agreed by the University's Board of Government on 26 March 2012, the list below includes all living awardees as well as those awardees that died no more than ten years ago.
"Bene Merenti" in Gold
(number in brackets indicates the year in which the Medal was awarded)
Prof. Dr. Helmuth Schulze-Fielitz (2018)
In 1994, he accepted the chair of public law, environmental law and administrative sciences at the JMU, which he held until 2012. As Vice Dean, Dean and Dean of Studies he shaped the development of the Faculty of Law significantly and helped provide national representation through/by his commitment as president of the Association of German Constitutional Law Professors. With his manifold research work he is still taking a stand for the benefit of the university, in particular for an improvement in quality – as first chairman of the Standing Committee for the Investigation of Scientific Misconduct. As a founding member of the Würzburger Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft he promotes interdisciplinary cooperation and research concerning environmental energy law as president of the board of trustees of the Stiftung Umweltenergierecht.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider (2018)
In 1991, Schneider accepted the chair of educational psychology and developmental psychology at the JMU which he held until 2016. His academic achievements show an extraordinary thematic variety– his programs concerning the preschool support of – elementary written-language competences as well as test methods concerning reading, orthography and calculating that he developed should explicitly be emphasized. As president of the German Psychological Society (Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie), member of the OECD consortium of the first PISA study and various work in committees he had great international influence. He was concerned with the support of gifted students and the “Early Study” program (“Frühstudium”) as well as his involvement in the academic self-administration as Dean and Vice President for Research, Junior Scientists and Advanced Academic Training.
Prof. Dr. Margarete Götz (2018)
For nearly 20 years she shaped and revolutionized the scientific profile of primary school pedagogy as chairholder of primary school pedagogy and primary school didactics and formed an academic teacher training which combined theory and practice. She was awarded with the Bavarian Order of Merit for her exemplary achievements concerning teacher training which also gained national and international attention in several commissions of experts. In addition, she was involved in the advancement of women and promotion of young at the JMU and drove forth the target agreements for the realization of the JMU equality concept. As a founding and board member she made significant contributions to establishing the Professional School of Education (PSE), established the Lehr:werkstatt and initiated the "Kinderuni".
Prof. Dr. Christoph Reiners (2017)
His medical training was followed by the medical exam, the license to practice medicine and a further training in internal and nuclear medicine and his doctorate in Würzburg. As a specialist in nuclear medicine he qualified as a specialist for medical informatics and habilitated in nuclear medicine in 1983.
In 1993, he accepted the chair of nuclear medicine at the JMU, after having managed the clinic and polyclinic for nuclear medicine in Essen. In 1994 he was nominated director of the clinic and polyclinic for nuclear medicine in Würzburg. For two decades he shaped the successful development of the field of medicine in Würzburg, recently as director of the university hospital (2001-2010 as a second job, 2011-2015 as a full-time job). Since that time he is spokesman of the platform “Digital Health/Medicine” ("Digitale Gesundheit/Medizin") of the newly established center Digitalisierung Bayern (Digitization Bavaria). Reiners was internationally honored and awarded several times for his achievements in the field of nuclear medicine. At the same time, he is involved in the organization of scientific and humanitarian projects for radiation victims.
Prof. Dr. Hartmut Noltemeier (2016)
After gaining his doctorate at the TU Karlsruhe in 1969, Noltemeier habilitated there in 1970 as one of the first scientists in Germany in the field of informatics and “Operation Research”. After interim professorships in Karlsruhe and Göttingen, Noltemeier was appointed ordinary professor in Göttingen in 1971. His professorship in Aachen was followed by the appointment to the first Chair of Informatics at the JMU in 1981. The university owes its Informatics study program to his commitment during the following years. With a great purposefulness Noltemeier encouraged the development and forward-thinking of the institute, which now consists of eight chairs and has an excellent international network, until his retirement in 2008.
Dr. Georg Kaiser (2015)
Georg Kaiser first came to the University of Würzburg in 1979 to complete his doctorate and only left the University for a short time after his postdoc. In 1992, he returned to take up the position of Head of Administration of the University's Biocentre. In 2001, he became Head of Administration of the Rudolf Virchow Centre for Experimental Biomedicine. In 2003 and 2006, Dr. Kaiser was elected Vice-President of the University. Responsible for press and public relations-related matters, he worked towards a redesign of the University's website and the introduction of a new corporate design. In addition, Kaiser served as Chairman of the Ständige Kommission für Angelegenheiten des Rechenzentrums (Standing Committee on Matters Related to the Information Technology Centre) and was responsible for construction-related matters. In this latter capacity, he made a considerable contribution to the conversion of the Leighton Barracks into Campus Hubland North. After his second term of Office as Vice-President, Dr. Kaiser became Head of the University's Press and Public Relations Office and Press Officer of the University. In Addition, he was a long-serving member of the Board of the Universitätsbund.
Prof. Dr. Stefan Silbernagl (2015)
Stefan Silbernagl was appointed Head of the University's Department of Physiology in 1981 and also served as Head of the Institute of Physiology until he retired in 2004. Among other areas, his research activities focused on renal function and metabolism as well as epithelial and cell physiology. His publications include the standard reference Lehrbuch der Physiologie. Between 1988 and 1999, Prof. Silbernagl served as spokesman of the collaborative research centre Molekulare Grundlagen der Signalübertragung und des Stofftransportes in Membranen (molecular fundamentals of signal transduction and membrane transport) of the DFG (German Research Foundation). Between 1991 and 1994, he was a member of the committe for the creation of the Faculty of Medicine at TU Dresden. In addition, he was active in academic self-government, for example in his capacity as Dean. Prof. Silbernagl is also an honorary member of the Deutsche Physiologische Gesellschaft.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Warnke (2015)
Between 1992 and 2014, Andreas Warnke was Head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University Hospital of Würzburg. He played a leading role in research projects on ADHD, anorexia, dyslexia etc. and it was on his initiative that the Weltverband ADHS (World Federation of ADHD) was founded. His Department played a decisivie role in the formulation of a decree to grant reasonable accommodation to dyslexic pupils in Bavaria. Prof. Warnke was the driving force behind the creation of the intensive care and day care units for child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy, the Wichern School for sick children and adolescents as well as the hospital at Greinberg for handicapped children and adolescents with psychological disorders. He made an important contribution to raising awareness, in society and politics, of mental health issues in children and adolescents. Prof. Warnke received numerous awards and served in a leading capacity on numerous expert committees. He also founded Menschenskinder, an association that supports children and adolescents with mental health issues in Würzburg and the Region of Lower Franconia.
Prof. Dr. Eva-Bettina Bröcker (2014)
Professor of Dermatology and Venereology at the University of Würzburg since 1991. Between 1992 and 2011, Eva-Bettina Bröcker was Director of the University Skin Clinic. Her research there focused on melanoma and the treatment thereof. Bröcker had a considerable share in helping the Skin Cancer Centre achieve accreditation and having the Centre incorporated into the Comprehensive Cancer Centre Mainfranken. Between 1998 and 2011, she was part of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Clinical Research (IZKF), and in 2002, she became a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina (German national academy of sciences). Since 2011, Bröcker has been a member of the university council for the state of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Heber (2014)
Professor at the University of Würzburg's Julius von Sachs Institute since 1979. Ulrich Heber was a co-founder of and the driving force behind the DFG (German Research Foundation) research unit "Ecophysiology." This unit evolved into the DFG Collaborative Research Centre Ökologie, Physiologie und Biochemie pflanzlicher Leistung unter Stress (ecology, physiology and biochemistry of plant performance under stress) which Heber headed for several years. One of the pioneers of ecosystem research, Heber was a visiting professor in this field at institutions all around the world, including Russia, Japan, France, Estonia and England.
Prof. Dr. Heinrich Hettrich (2014)
Holder of the Chair of Comparative Linguistics at the University of Würzburg since 1989. Between 1996 and 2008, Heinrich Hettrich was a Member of the Board of the Society for Indo-European Studies and editor of the Society's journal "Kratylos." Hettrich was very active not only as a reviewer for universities and scientific organisations in Europe and the US but also in academic self-government - in his final term as Dean, he made a significant contribution to merging the Faculties of Philosophy I and II and the Faculty of Geosciences to form the new Faculty of Philosophy I.
Prof. Dr. Hans Konrad Müller-Hermelink (2014)
Holder of the Chair of General Pathology and Pathological Anatomy since 1985 and Head of the Institute until 2009. During this time, he launched numerous research initiatives, one of the most important of which is the Interdisciplinary Centre for Clinical Research (IZKF). After his retirement in 2009, he became Wissenschaftsdirektor (scientific director) of the Medical Faculties of the Universities of Kiel and Lübeck. Hans Konrad Müller-Hermelink had a considerable share in earning the University of Würzburg national and international acclaim in the field of biomedicine and made a significant contribution to ensuring that findings from experimental research are transferred to clinical practice as quickly as possible.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Otto Ludwig Lange (2014)
Professor at the Chair of Botany II and Director of the Botanical Garden of the University of Würzburg from 1967 until his retirement in 1992. Otto Ludwig Lange conducted research on the ecophysiology of lichens, the heat and drought resistance as well as water relations of wild and cultivated plants, and the effects of anthropogenic air pollution. In recognition of his merits as a researcher in the field of lichen ecology, a mountain in Antarctica was named after him in 1967 - this mountain is now called "Lange Peak."
Prof. Dr. Karl Eduard Linsenmair (2014)
Holder of the Chair of Animal Ecology at the Institute of Zoology at the University of Würzburg. Karl Eduard Linsenmair played an important part in establishing and promoting tropical biology and biodiversity studies both in Germany and all across Europe. At a time when he was the only biologist on the Nationalkomitee für Global Change Forschung (National Committee for Global Change Research), Linsenmair made a decisive contribution to the development of the concept for the BIOLOG-BIOTA programme by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. He was also head of BIOTA-West, a programme aimed at solving concrete problems on the continent of Africa by applying findings from basic research in ecology. Through these contacts, Linsenmair helped Würzburg's Faculty of Biology earn its excellent reputation.
Prof. Dr. Horst Brunner (2013)
Holder of the Chair of German Philology at the University of Würzburg since 1981. Horst Brunner was Dean and Vice Dean of the former Faculty of Philosophy II and a member of the University's Senate. In addition to this, he was a long-term active member of various other committees. His research covers the German language and literature from its early days up until the 18th century as well as the history of German language and literature as an academic discipline. His work focuses on medieval and early modern German literature. One of the major research projects initiated and supervised by Horst Brunner is the Repertorium der Sangsprüche und Meisterlieder des 12. bis 18. Jahrhunderts (Repertory of texts and poetry of the Meistersingers of the 12th-18th centuries) published in 16 large-sized volumes.
Prof. Dr. Werner Goebel (2013)
Holder of the newly-created Chair of Microbiology at the University of Würzburg between 1974 and 2007, Werner Goebel has been a highly successful researcher in the field of medical microbiology. His groundbreaking works on a toxic protein (hemolysin) secreted by the bacterium Escherichia coli opened up an area of research that has been inextricably linked with his name ever since: the investigation of the molecules involved in bacterial pathogenesis. As part of a European consortium, Goebel helped decipher the genome of the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes between 1997 and 2000.
Prof. Dr. Elmar Klinger (2013)
Elmar Klinger held the Chair of Fundamental Theology and Comparative Religious Studies at the University of Würzburg between 1976 and 2006 and was Dean of the Faculty of Catholic Theology between 1993 and 1995. He was a member of the Senate between 2004 and 2006. Between 1997 and 2002, he supervised the research project Partnerschaftsarbeit der Kirche in Deutschland und in Peru. 30 Jahre Pastoral in Cajamarca (Work on Partnership of the Church in Germany and in Peru. 30 Years of Pastoral in Cajamarca), and between 1998 and 2002, he was the first spokesman of the Graduate School Wahrnehmung der Geschlechterdifferenz in religiösen Symbolsystemen (Perception of Gender Differences in Religious Symbol Systems) that was funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation). Between 2006 and 2009, Klinger supervised another DFG-funded research project: Melchior Cano – De locis theologicis. Textkritische Edition des lateinischen Textes und deutsche Übersetzung (Melchior Cano – De locis theologicis. Text-critical Edition of the Latin Text and German Translation).
Prof. Dr. Franz-Ludwig Knemeyer (2012)
Having worked at the Chair of Constitutional and Administrative Law of Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg since 1970, Knemeyer made an important contribution to the field of administrative law by founding the Institute of Administrative Law. In particular, Franz-Ludwig Knemeyer encouraged an exchange with local government law by founding the Kommunalwissenschaftliches Forschungszentrum Würzburg, a local government research centre, in 1978. In his capacity as Chairman of numerous associations and centres dedicated to this subject, he has strongly influenced the development of the same.
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Sinn (2012)
Ulrich Sinn has worked at the Chair of Classical Archaeolgy since 1994 and is also Head of the Department of Ancient Artifacts at the Martin von Wagner Museum. Estimated for both his research and his work in academic self-government, he is a well-regarded colleague. Ulrich Sinn served on examination committees, was a co-founder of the Teacher Training Centre (ZfL) and was Vice-President of the University between 2003 and 2009.
Prof. Dr. Josef Stoer (2012)
Retired in 2010. Drawing on the years of research experience he had gained in the US, Josef Stoer established an excellent research environment in the field of mathematics at the University of Würzburg. A member of numerous associations, Stoer was committed to the subject of mathematics not only in a university context. He was also active in establishing computer science at the University of Würzburg.
Prof. Klaus Viktor Toyka (2012)
Worked at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg since 1989. Holder of the Chair of Neurology and Director of the University Clinic's Department of Neurology and Polyclinic for Neurology until 2010. His research in the field of neuroimmunological disorders earned the University of Würzburg international acclaim. On 28 September 2005, Klaus Toyka became a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina (German national academy of sciences). Klaus Toyka was also a patron of the University in general and of the arts in particular.
Renate Schülke-Schmitt (2012)
Holder of a degree in Law, she had been part of the University Clinic's administrative service from 1988 until she resigned as Director in 2011. While active in the Clinic's administration and management, she worked towards multifaceted organisational cooperation and helped create positive framework conditions for clinical research and projects in the area of medicine. She deserves special recognition for her work on state and national committees, for example as a Member of the Board of the Verband der Universitätsklinika Deutschlands (Association of University Clinics in Germany).
Prof. Dr. Andreas Möckel (2011)
Holder of the Chair of Special Education from 1976 to 1992, with a special interest in education for people with learning disabilities. As the first holder of this Chair, he realised pioneering achievements: he established this subject, which had yet to enjoy any kind of university tradition in Germany, and profiled it in the University’s teaching and training curricula. Owing to his dedication, Special Education became firmly rooted in Würzburg alongside conventional teacher training. Thanks to Möckel, Special Education in Würzburg achieved nationwide visibility and impact.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Karlheinz Müller (2011)
Holder of the Chair of Bible Studies and Auxiliary Biblical Sciences at the Faculty of Catholic Theology from 1972 to 2004. Müller is regarded as one of the most renowned experts in Early Jewish Apocalypticism. During his time at the University he was responsible for the academic publication on the so-called “Judensteine aus der Pleich” – with more than 1500 artifacts, this is the world’s largest collection of gravestones and gravestone fragments from a Jewish cemetery dating back to the Middle Ages. Another highlight of Müller’s tenure was the Ecumenical and Inter-Faith Dialog.
Prof. Dr. Karin Ulrichs (2011)
Professor of Experimental Transplantation Immunology at the Surgical Clinic I from 1994 to 2010. Karin Ulrichs was also particularly dedicated to the advancement of women, working as the Women’s Representative for the Faculty of Medicine. She was determined to help female academics to achieve a balance between their family life and their work and to enjoy equal opportunities, especially in advancing their careers. To this end, she enthusiastically took on additional duties, which included participating in the University’s mentoring programs.
Prof. Dr. Klaus Wilms (2011)
Director of the Medical Polyclinic from 1982 to 2004. Wilms was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and spent six years on the Science Council. Between 1991 and 1994 he helped to set up the Faculty of Medicine at Dresden University of Technology as a member of the Founding Committee. He received the Faculty of Medicine’s Albert Kölliker Teaching Award in 2004, and the Bayerischer Verdienstorden, a Bavarian Order of Merit, in 2005. In 2008, Wilms was the Founding Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Mainfranken, a combined cancer treatment and research facility.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Norbert Richard Wolf (2010)
Holder of the Chair of German Linguistics from 1976 until his retirement in 2008. He transformed the University into a centre for modern dialectology. He is also to thank for the development of the postgraduate degree programme in “Linguistic Information and Word Processing” as well as the postgraduate degree programme in “IT Philology”, which emerged from this in 2001. For ten years he ran the “General Studies” programme, from 1982 to 1984 he was the spokesman of the DFG research group “Prose from the Middle Ages in Germany”, and then until 1992 he acted as spokesman of the DFG Collaborative Research Centre “Knowledge-Organising and Knowledge-Communicating Literature in the Middle Ages”.
Raimund Külb (2009)
From 1995 to 2007, the University Clinic and the Faculty of Medicine counted among his responsibilities at the Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts. His term of office saw the construction and establishment of the Centers for Operative and Internal Medicine (ZOM and ZIM), and he was also instrumental in developing the concept of the Medical Campus in Würzburg's Grombühl district. He was an essential contributor to the success of medicine and the life sciences at Würzburg.
Prof. Dr. Werner Schiedermair (2009)
From 1996 to 2007, Professor Werner Schiedermair headed the Support Department for the University of Würzburg (excluding the Faculty of Medicine) and the Department of Endowment Management at the Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, his efforts on behalf of the University always driven by inexhaustible energy and professional expertise.
Bruno Forster (2007)
Chancellor of the University from 1992 to 2006, for services including his efforts to modernise the University's administrative organisation. Deeply committed to the restoration of the Old University and Neubaukirche, the university church, where he had a carillon installed upon completion of the restoration works, he also turned the university-owned forest of Forst Sailershausen into a modern and commercially profitable concern. For the installation of the carillon and the restoration of the Audimax, the main lecturing hall at Sanderring, he launched fundraising campaigns that made it possible to realise these projects.
Prof. Dr. Volker ter Meulen (2006), Professor of Clinical Virology and Immunobiology from 1975 to 2002, for his commitment to implementing cross-faculty concepts of research and teaching.
Prof. Dr. Ursula Brechtken-Manderscheid (2005), Professor of Mathematics since 1985, former Women's Representative, Vice-President of the University from 2000 to 2003.
Prof. Dr. Jobst Böning (2005), Professor of Psychiatry from 1980 to 2005, Vice-President of the University from 1994 to 2003.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Freericks (2005), Professor of Economics and Corporate Taxation from 1976 to 2006, Vice-President of the University from 1995 to 2003.
Prof. Dr. Gottfried Landwehr (2003) †, Professor of Experimental Physics from 1968 to 1997. Due to his inspiration and initiative, the University established its internationally renowned Centre for Semiconductor Physics.
Prof. Dr. Horst Hagedorn (2003), Professor of Geography from 1971 to 2001, Vice-President of the University from 1994 to 2000.
Lydia Wießler (2001), Member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Redeemer, previously active at the Medical Policlinic, for her commitment to nursing.
Gerasina Ruppert (2001), Member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Redeemer, previously active at the Medical Policlinic, for her commitment to nursing.
Wolfgang Schliffer (2000), Director of the University's Computer Centre from 1974 to 2001, for building an exemplary data processing and network structure.
Dipl.-Ing. Hermann Holtschke (1996), for his service to the University as Head of Technical Maintenance Services for newly-built Hubland Campus. In this capacity, he demonstrated great professional expertise and organisational skills as well as a very proactive and conscientious approach to work.
Alfred Przbylski (1995), VicePresident of the University from 1982 to 1991.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Achim Müller (1995), Head of the Department for Applied Cytology at the Institute of Pathology. He was very active in academic self-government. For his merits in the field of cytology, he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande, a German Order of Merit, in 1989.
Prof. Dr. Horst Kremling (1995), Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology from 1978 to 1985, Vice-President of the University from 1976 to 1982.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Martin Lindauer (1995), Holder of the Chair of Animal Physiology (1973-1987). He was awarded the Bene Merenti Medal in Gold for his outstanding achievements both as a researcher in the field of experimental behavioural biology and sensory physiology and as a supporter of young scientists. In 1986, he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz I. Klasse, a German Order of Merit.
Prof. Dr. Werner Uhlmann (1990), Professor of Statistics from 1965 to 1996, Rector of the University from 1969 to 1971.
Prof. Dr. Dieter Schäfer (1987), Honorary Professor of Economic Geography since 1977, CEO of the Würzburg-Schweinfurt Chamber of Industry and Commerce from 1965 to 1993, for his service to the University as member of the Associative Board of the Universitätsbund.
Dr. Dr. Hans Zimmermann (1980), Minsterialdirigent (ret.), for his service as long-term liaison of the University at the then Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Culture.
"Bene Merenti" in Silver
Dr. Ursula Rdest (2015)
Holder of a Diplom in biology, Dr. Ursula Rdest used to work at the Chair of Microbiology where she researched, among others, the pathogenicity mechanisms of various bacteria. For years, she served as her Intitute's Radiation Protection as well as Animal Welfare Officer and Library Representative. In 1993, Dr. Rdest became Women's Representative of the Faculty of Biology. Serving in this capacity for two decades, she made a decisive contribution to the Faculty. From 1994 onwards, Dr. Rdest also served as Deputy Women's Representative of the entire University, promoting the interests of female students and scientists.
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kreft (2014)
Jürgen Kreft joined the Chair of Microbiology at the University of Würzburg in 1977, starting out as a research assistant. After his Habilitation, he became außerplanmäßiger Professor in 1992. His research focuses on the molecular biologic examination of soil bacteria and the study of pathogenicity factors as well as the gene and genome structures of listeria bacterial pathogens. Since October 2010, Jürgen Kreft has been particularly active in organising the University's international academic and research cooperations and cooperations with India in particular.
Dr. Hans-Peter Trolldenier (2013)
Alongside his position at Würzburg-Heuchelhof all-day school, Hans-Peter Trolldenier started teaching at the Department of Social Studies at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt and the Chair of Psychology at the Faculty of Education of the University of Würzburg in 1976. Starting out teaching part-time, he became a full-time lecturer in 1978. Later on, he taught at the Chair of Psychology IV where, in addition to his teaching activities including several restructurings due to changes to the examination regulations, he was also active in testing and librarianship and served as an examiner until his retirement. Hans-Peter Trolldenier was active not only in research and teaching but also in academic self-government.
Prof. Dr. Horst Pfrang (2012, posthumous)
He made a valuable contribution to the extension of the University. In his capacity as Head of Planning and Quality Management and as a source of ideas for the extension measures on Campus Hubland North, he helped reach a milestone in the University's development. On 28 December 2011, Horst Pfrang died after a short illness aged 56.
Dr. Norbert Wilken (2012, posthumous)
After having worked in Dresden, Norbert Wilken joined the Chair of Cell and Developmental Biology of the University of Würzburg as Akademischer Rat in 2001. A Doctor of the Natural Sciences, he became Head of the Chair in 2009. In recognition of his excellent work helping set up the Biocentre's IT structure and his outstanding contribution to the Biocentre and the University as a whole, Norbert Wilken was posthumously awarded the "Bene Merenti" Medal in Silver. On 2 July 2011, he died aged 49.
Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Zuccalà (2010)
for his dedication to the partnership between the Universities of Padua and Würzburg as well as for German-Italian friendship. Giuseppe Zuccalà, born in 1925, lectured at the University of Padua for more than thirty years as a Professor of Criminal Law. There, in 1987, he was appointed the Rector’s Representative for relations with German-speaking universities. He deserves special praise for his services to the partnership with the University of Würzburg.
Dr. Dorothea König (2010, posthumous)
Worked at the University’s Institute of Slavonic Studies and Comparative Linguistics from 1972 until her death in 2009. She lectured in Serbo-Croat and Slovenian, Old Bulgarian Language and Literature as well as the Literary and Intellectual History of the Southern Slavs. She also organised guest lectures and DAAD exchange programmes with Sarajevo. She initiated joint ventures with cities including Ljubljana and Belgrade. In addition to her academic work, she also spent many years on academic self-administration committees.
Prof. Dr. Werner Wegstein (2009)
Due to his outstanding scholarship in the field of German Linguistics, Professor Werner Wegstein's career is marked by extraordinary academic achievements. He designed the curriculum for Würzburg's IT Philology and provided decisive contributions to the conceptualisation of the corresponding postgraduate degree programmes. More than this, he was strongly committed to the self-government committees of the University, the professional association of non-habilitated teaching staff and to the support of guest students from abroad.
Reinhilde Merkert (2007)
Chemical laboratory assistant at the Institute of Molecular Infection Biology. For her services towards establishing an electron microscopy department, together with the professors of the Chair of Zoology I. In addition, she has been working at the Institute as a network administrator since 1998 and is a co-organiser of conferences in the fields of Infection Research and Molecular Medicine. Her most valuable services to the University derive from her capacity as Building Commissioner: She supported the restoration of the structure at Röntgenring 11 and the implementation of plans to restore the Old Surgery building.
Dr. Gerhard Egert (2005), former Chief Academic Director of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, for his extraordinary efforts as Managing Director of the Faculty. He started to establish faculty administration in the 1970s and then went on to develop it into an exemplary instrument of academic self-government.
Prof. Erich Oetheimer (2001), Professeur d'Allemand, University of Caen, France, for his efforts on behalf of the university partnership between Caen and Würzburg, and the Franco-German friendship in general.
Peter Sedlacek (2000), Director of the Dean's Office of the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Umea, Sweden, for his contributions to the Würzburg-Umea university partnership.
Franz Hain (1991), Chief Operating Officer (ret.) of the Institute of Physics, in recognition of long years of reliable service. Supervising experiments with outstanding technical and teaching expertise, he made a significant contribution to the training of students.
Dr. Roland Horster (1987), former Treasurer of the Universitätsbund, for his efforts in the Society of the Friends and Patrons of the University.
Dr. Walter Brod (1982), physician, long-term unsalaried head of the Institute of University and Student History and the History of Science, patron with close ties to the University. Among other donations, he endowed the university library with his unique collection of views of the City of Würzburg on permanent loan.
Franz Märtirer (1981), precision mechanic, in recognition of his exemplary and selfless performance of his duties at the Institute of Physics. Among other contributions, he developed experimental arrays for physicists and other researchers.
Karl Theodor Vogel (1977), senior publisher and associate of Vogel-Medien GmbH & Co. KG, Würzburg, for his financial and non-financial support of the publication of scientific series.
"Bene Merenti" in Bronze
Roland Ringelmann, Regierungsdirektor (ret.) (2014)
Joined the University of Würzburg in 1970 as Regierungsfinanzinspektor z. A. and was active in the administration of the University's Clinics, for example as Head of Human Resources. Between June 2006 and spring 2011, he served as Deputy Financial Director of the University Clinic. For more than four decades, including just under a quarter of a century as Deputy Director of the Administration and the Clinic respectively, Roland Ringelmann devoted his professional skills and expertise to the University of Würzburg and the University Clinic.
Anita Hemberger (2013)
Anita Hemberger joined the University on 1 December 1982 as Secretary to the Dean at the Faculty of Business Management and Economics. She worked in this position for 27 years, showing extraordinary commitment, until she retired at the end of 2009 aged just under 64. Today, the Office of the Dean of Studies of Business Management and Economics is staffed by three full-time employees. Most of the tasks to be completed there were, until a few years ago, handled by one person alone: Secretary to the Dean Anita Hemberger. Together with the 13 Deans she worked for over the years, Anita Hemberger managed to create a work environment characterised by continuity and team harmony, thus ensuring efficient operations at the Faculty of Business Management and Economics for more than a quarter of a century.
Johann Jovanovici (2010)
Spent 37 years in the International Office, which he also ran from 1981. He devoted a lot of his time to looking after foreign students at the University. He was very keen to make sure all parties got involved and worked together: Central Administration, Aliens Registration Authorities, Studentenwerk, Student Representation and Language Centre (ZfS). He transformed the International Office into the service organisation it is today for foreign guests.
Rudolf Wachter (2009)
Rudolf Wachter was part of the University's Central Administration from 1967 to 2008, with long terms at the Examination Office, the Human Resources Department, and at the Central Office (subsequently re-named Präsidialkanzlei and now operating as the Department of Central Services). During his long career, Rudolf Wachter acquired vast stores of detailed knowledge about the University, which won him his reputation as "the living encyclopedia of the University."
Marianne Peterek (1988), Assertive and committed, she spent 40 years working at the Administration Department of the University Clinic and Polyclinic for Dental, Oral and Maxillary Medicine.