Erwin Reisch

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Erwin Martin Reisch (born November 10, 1924 in Wielatsried, Fronhofen near Ravensburg ; † November 28, 2018 in Stuttgart ) was a German agricultural economist, university professor and president of the University of Hohenheim . He was a long-time advisor to governments and science organizations in Africa, South America and Asia.

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Reisch grew up on a farm in Upper Swabia, graduated from high school, was drafted into the Wehrmacht in the summer of 1942, and while in American captivity he deepened his knowledge of agriculture and the English language. After his release he worked in agricultural businesses in southern Germany and began studying agriculture in 1947 at what was then the Hohenheim Agricultural University . In 1952, Reisch submitted his dissertation at the Hohenheim Institute for Agricultural Economics, then briefly worked in agricultural administration and consulting before returning to the Institute for Economic Studies at the Hohenheim University of Applied Sciences as a research assistant at the end of 1953 and taking over the management of the experimental farms.

In 1960 Reisch went to the USA for eight months to study modern operational planning methods. He further developed it for European standards and completed his habilitation in Hohenheim in 1962 with the thesis The linear programming in agricultural business administration . In the USA he wrote the book Wirtschaftslehre der Landwirtschaftlichen Produktion together with Kehrberg , which appeared in 1964 in German and later in Czech.

After a guest lecturer at the University of Göttingen in 1962, Reisch was appointed professor for applied agricultural management at the agricultural faculty of the Technical University of Munich-Weihenstephan in April 1963 . As early as the spring of 1964, he moved to Hohenheim in the same capacity, where he was also given the management of the test farms. Together with Günther Weinschenck , who held the chair for general management, Reisch achieved that business administration and research received worldwide attention and students and doctoral students from all over the world flocked to Hohenheim.

Reisch turned down a call to the University of Göttingen in 1969 in order to devote himself to the further development of the Hohenheim University of Applied Sciences into a university. Under President George Turner, he took over the post of Vice President in 1970/74. At the same time, Reisch's main interest was the implementation of scientific findings in practice.

As a member of numerous non-university specialist committees, B. from 1973 to 1992 as president of the board of trustees for technology and construction in agriculture KTBL and then of the main association of agriculture . Accountants and experts as well as a board member of the German Agricultural Society DLG and member of the editorial board of Scientia Agriculturae Bohemica of the Czech Agricultural University in Prague , Reisch had a wide field of activity.

His services in advising authorities and scientific institutions in developing countries in Africa, South America and Asia are also great. Reisch traveled to the People's Republic of China several times to advise them on setting up the CIAD agricultural development center.

Despite this burden, which increased when he took over the office of President of the University of Hohenheim in 1986, he still found time for scientific publication. Particularly noteworthy from around 50 contributions is the textbook Introduction to agriculture , written with Jürgen Zeddies . Operations - Special section and its contribution University of Hohenheim - An institution for international teaching and research in the commemorative publication for its 175th anniversary in 1993.

Reisch had been a member of the Catholic student union KDSt.V. since 1947. Carolingia Hohenheim in the Cartell Association of Catholic German Student Associations .

Honors and awards (selection)


  • Theophil Gerber: personalities from agriculture, forestry, horticulture and veterinary medicine. Biographical Lexicon . NORA Verlagsgemeinschaft Dyck & Westerheide, Berlin 2004, ISBN 3-936735-67-0 .
  • Manfred Raupp: Problems of the agricultural market in Germany in the farmer's agricultural school at the University of Hohenheim , 1971.
  • Harald Winkel (Ed.): Festschrift for Günther Franz . History and science in Hohenheim . Thorbecke publishing house, Sigmaringen 1982, ISBN 0-7181-2842-7 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Erwin Reisch obituary , FAZ , December 5, 2018
  2. ^ Obituary notice of the Rector of the University of Hohenheim
  3. Recognition of Erwin Reisch by the University of Hohenheim