Erich Barke

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Erich Barke
Erich Barke, at a desk
Erich Barke, 2011
Born (1946-12-28) 28 December 1946 (age 71)
Hanover, Germany
Education Technische Hochschule Hannover
Occupation Emeritus Professor of microelectronics
Years active 1973–2014

Erich Barke (born 28 December 1946) is a German emeritus professor of microelectronics. From 2005 to 2014, he was president of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover. Until December 2014, he was also president of the Niedersächsische Technische Hochschule (NTH).


Born in Hanover, Barke attended the Gymnasium Humboldt School Hannover. From 1968 to 1973 he studied electrical engineering at the Technische Hochschule Hannover.[1] After graduation, he worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Theoretical Electrical Engineering and Electrical Measurement.[1]

In 1978, he graduated with a dissertation on contactless three-dimensional object measurement (Verfahren zur automatischen Vermessung räumlicher Objekte durch rechnergestützte Auswertung stereoskopischer Fernsehbilder). He completed his habilitation in 1982 in the field of Electronic Design Automation (EDA), Topologische Prüfung komplizierter geometrischer Strukturen. From 1973, he was a temporary professor.[2]

From 1985 to 1991, he worked in the Semiconductor Division of Siemens, where he first established a department of analog EDA and then directed all EDA activities.[2] In 1992, he was appointed the Chair of Microelectronic Systems at the University of Hannover.[3] From 2001 to 2004 he was First Dean of the new Department of Computer Science of the university,[2] and from 2005 to 2014 president of the University of Hannover, since renamed Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover to mark the 175th anniversary of the university in 2006.

During his presidency, an alliance of three universities of technology in Lower Saxony was formed. It was named Niedersächsische Technische Hochschule (de) (Niedersachsen Institutes of Technology, NTH), the other partners being the Technische Universität Braunschweig and the Technische Universität Clausthal (Clausthal University of Technology). The cooperation began on 1 September 2009[4] and ended on 31 December 2014. From January 2013 to December 2014, Barke was president of the Niedersächsische Technische Hochschule.[5][6]

In 2012, he initiated more financing through private sponsorship, as state funding is not sufficient to match international standards – €17,000 Euro per student and year in Hannover, compared to €30,000 at the University of Texas and €125,000 at Harvard.[7]

Erich Barke, opening an event on 20 November 2013, in memory of the removal of scientific titles at the Hochschule during the Nazi period
In 2015 at an exhibition of Bachelor works

On 20 November 2013 Barke opened a memorial event "Verleihung und Entzug von Titeln während der NS-Zeit an der Technischen Hochschule Hannover", dealing with the awarding and removal of scientific titles at the Hochschule during the Nazi period. Prompted by a Masters thesis "Die Technische Hochschule Hannover und der Entzug akademischer Titel während der NS-Zeit" by Christian-Alexander Wäldner, a study group of the university's senat had researched how academic positions, degrees and honours had been removed, based on ideological discrimination, between 1933 and 1945. Barke said: "Das Unrecht ist nicht wieder gutzumachen. Es ist aber wichtig, daran zu erinnern. Es ist wichtig, Unrecht als Unrecht zu benennen." ("Injustice can never be made right. It is important, though, to remember. It is important to call injustice, injustice.") He noted that universities are meant to be places of spiritual freedom ("Orte geistiger Freiheit").[8]


Among Barke's publications are Elektrotechnik in unserer Umwelt (1981) and Leibniz neu denken (2009).


  1. ^ a b "Prof. Erich Barke". LPKF Group. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Prof. Dr.-Ing. Erich Barke / Head of department - Design Automation. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  3. ^ DUZ: Deutsche Universitäts-Zeitung : das Hochschulmagazin (in German). Verlag J. Raabe. 1989. p. 28. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Niedersächsische Technische Hochschule (NTH)" (in German). TU Clausthal. Archived from the original on 16 September 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "NTH-Vorsitz wechselt an die Leibniz Universität Hannover" (in German). Niedersächsische Technische Hochschule. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Board". Niedersächsische Technische Hochschule. 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Spagat zwischen Exzellenz und Finanznot" (PDF) (in German). 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Münchhausen, Mechtild Freiin v. (20 November 2013). "Gedenkveranstaltung erinnert an "Verleihung und Entzug von Titeln während der NS-Zeit"" (in German). Niedersächsische Technische Hochschule. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 

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