Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
#256 Overall Influence

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

University in Karlsruhe established in 2009 from the merger of the University of Karlsruhe and the Karlsruhe Research Center

About This School

How does this school stack up?

By James Barham, PhD

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a direct descendent of the University of Karlsruhe, founded in 1825 on the model of the French polytechnic institute.

In 1865, Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden promoted the school to Hochschule (college) status, for which reason the school was long known as the “Fridericiana.”

In 1885 the school was renamed the Technische Hochschule Karlsruhe (College of Technology, Karlsruhe).

In 1956 a German national nuclear research facility was founded under the name of the Karlsruhe Research Center. In 2009, the university and the research center were merged and renamed the KIT.

Today, the KIT consists of 11 “faculties” (schools), with a total student population of approximately 25,000 spread over five campuses around the city of Karlsruhe and three other campuses located elsewhere in Germany.

In addition, the KIT runs a geophysical observatory, the Black Forest Observatory, in cooperation with Stuttgart University.

The KIT is linked to six Nobel Prize--winners, some of whom are listed below. Other distinguished KIT-connected people include the following:

STEM Disciplines

  • Mathematician, Johann Jakob Balmer
  • Engineer, industrialist, Karl Friedrich Benz
  • Physicist, Nobel laureate, Karl Ferdinand Braun
  • Chemist, Nobel laureate, Fritz Haber
  • Mathematician, George Hamel
  • Physicist, Heinrich Hertz
  • Biochemist, Georg von Hevesy
  • Telecommunications engineer, computer software entrepreneur, Dietmar Hopp
  • Physicist, Otto Lehmann
  • Architect, Ludwig Levy
  • Computer software entrepreneur, Hasso Plattner
  • Chemist, Nobel laureate, Leopold Ružička
  • Computer scientist, Peter Sanders
  • Architect, Amin Shokrollahi
  • Engineer, industrialist, Emil Škoda
  • Architect, Albert Speer
  • Chemist, Nobel laureate, Hermann Staudinger
  • Computer scientist, Karl Steinbuch
  • Engineer, industrialist, August Thyssen
  • Chemist, Georg Wilhelm Steinkopf
  • Physicist, Edward Teller
  • Physicist, computer software entrepreneur, Klaus Tschira
  • Architect, Oswald Mathias Ungers
  • Chemist, Helmut Zahn

What is Karlsruhe Institute of Technology known for?

#50 World Rank
#88 World Rank
Computer Science
#99 World Rank
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#114 World Rank
Earth Sciences
#121 World Rank
#227 World Rank
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#590 World Rank
#644 World Rank
#696 World Rank
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#772 World Rank
Political Science
#924 World Rank
#1208 World Rank
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#1435 World Rank
Religious Studies
#3254 World Rank

Influential People

Who are Karlsruhe Institute of Technology's Most influential alumni?

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Chemistry, Computer Science, and Engineering. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology’s most academically influential people include Bernhard Eitel, Charles Frédéric Gerhardt, and Oswald Helmuth Göhring.

Bernhard Eitel
Bernhard Eitel

German earth scientist

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Charles Frédéric Gerhardt
Charles Frédéric Gerhardt

French chemist

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Oswald Helmuth Göhring

German chemist

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Rolf Widerøe

Accelerator physicist and engineer

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Hasso Plattner
Hasso Plattner

German billionaire businessman and philanthropist

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Franz Reuleaux
Franz Reuleaux

German mechanical engineer

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Helmut Zahn

Chemist first who synthesis of insulin

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Alexander M. Poniatoff

American engineer

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Otto Bütschli
Otto Bütschli

German biologist

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Adolf Mayer
Adolf Mayer

German agronomist

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Michael Waidner
Michael Waidner

German mathematician

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Leopold Ružička
Leopold Ružička

Croatian scientist

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