Klaus Tschira

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Klaus Tschira
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at the Planetarium and Visitor centre
Born(1940-12-07)7 December 1940
Died31 March 2015(2015-03-31) (aged 74)
Heidelberg, Germany
EducationUniversity of Karlsruhe
Known forCo-founder of SAP AG
ChildrenUdo Tschira
Harald Tschira[1]

Klaus Tschira (7 December 1940 – 31 March 2015) was a German billionaire entrepreneur and the co-founder of the German software company SAP AG.


After gaining his Diplom in physics and working at IBM, Tschira co-founded the German software giant SAP AG in 1972 in Mannheim, Germany together with Hans-Werner Hector, Dietmar Hopp, Hasso Plattner and Claus Wellenreuther. From 1998 to 2007, he was a board member at SAP. He was married to Gerda Tschira and had two sons, Harald and Udo.

He died on 31 March 2015 in Heidelberg.[2]

Klaus Tschira Foundation[edit]

The Klaus Tschira Foundation (KTF) was established by Tschira in 1995 as a non-profit organization. Its primary objective is to support projects in natural and computer sciences as well as mathematics.[3] The KTF places strong emphasis on public understanding in these fields. Tschira's commitment to this objective was honored in 1999 with the "Deutscher Stifterpreis" by the German National Academic Foundation (German: Studienstiftung). The KTF is located at the Villa Bosch in Heidelberg, Germany, the former residence of Nobel Prize laureate for chemistry Carl Bosch (1874–1940).

Gerda and Klaus Tschira Foundation[edit]

In 2008, Tschira and his wife Gerda founded the Gerda and Klaus Tschira Foundation.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Klaus Tschira". Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  2. ^ Heidelberg: Klaus Tschira tot, rnf.de, access date 31 March 2015
  3. ^ "Klaus Tschira Foundation", Life Science Network. Accessed 31 May 2016.
  4. ^ GI-Fellow citation Archived 13 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 9 March 2012.

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