Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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

About Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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:

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  • 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

According to Wikipedia, The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is an elite public research university in the german state Baden-Württemberg and a national research center in the Helmholtz Association that is one of the largest educational institutions and the largest research institution by funding in Germany. KIT was created in 2009 when the University of Karlsruhe , founded in 1825 as a public research university and also known as the "Fridericiana", merged with the Karlsruhe Research Center , which had originally been established in 1956 as a national nuclear research center .

What Is Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Known For?

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

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, Engineering, and Computer Science. Here are some of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology's most famous alumni:

Hasso Plattner
Hasso Plattner
A German billionaire businessman and philanthropist.
Franz Reuleaux
Franz Reuleaux
A German mechanical engineer.
Albert Speer
Albert Speer
A German architect, Minister of Armaments and War Production for Nazi Germany .
Leopold Ružička
Leopold Ružička
A Croatian scientist .
Charles Frédéric Gerhardt
Charles Frédéric Gerhardt
A French chemist .
Dieter Zetsche
Dieter Zetsche
A German manager and businessman. Dieter Zetsche is global CEO of Mercedes.
Franz Josef Radermacher
Franz Josef Radermacher
A German economist.
Hans Kollhoff
A German architect.
Wilhelm Steinkopf
A German chemist who worked on mustard gas during World War I.
Adolf Mayer
Adolf Mayer
A German agronomist.
Carl Gräbe
Carl Gräbe
A German chemist .
Georg Hamel
Georg Hamel
A German mathematician .

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