Gundlach was born in 1912 as the son of a concert pianist. He grew up in Berlin in the golden twenties and graduated from the Askanische Gymnasium . After graduating from high school, he studied electrical engineering from 1930 to 1935 at what was then the Technical University of Charlottenburg . After graduating in 1935, he worked as an assistant to Heinrich Fassbender at the Institute for Electrical Vibration Theory and High Frequency Technology until 1938 . During this time he also received his doctorate with distinction ( The behavior of the Habann tube as negative resistance ). He then went to the Julius Pintsch AG company in Berlin as a laboratory engineer . In 1942 he switched to the newly founded subsidiary Funkstrahl GmbH in Konstanz, which mainly produced armaments. During this time, Gundlach dealt with components for radar systems for submarines and was in close contact with Karl Küpfmüller .
After the Second World War, Gundlach returned to science. In 1947 he completed his habilitation at the TH Karlsruhe . In 1949 he was appointed to the newly established chair for telecommunications equipment and systems at the TH Darmstadt . In 1950, in Darmstadt, he published his work Basics of High Frequency Technology and developed the electronic analog computer ELRAD. In 1954 Gundlach succeeded Heinrich Fassbender at the TU Berlin. At the same time, he took over the management of the high-frequency technology department at the Heinrich Hertz Institute in Berlin.
Gundlach was involved in the university self-administration of the TH Berlin. From 1963 he was Vice Rector and from 1965 to 1967 he was Rector there.
Together with Hans Heinrich Meinke , he wrote the multi-volume standard work Taschenbuch der Hochfrequenztechnik . The Friedrich Wilhelm Gundlach Prize for the best diploma thesis in the field of high frequency technology is also awarded annually at the TU Berlin .
Friedrich-Wilhelm Gundlach was married to Käthe Gundlach, who was two years his junior and who died just two months after him. Both are buried in the forest cemetery in Zehlendorf .
- 1976: VDE honor ring
- 1987: Honorary Senator of the TH Berlin.
- 1988: Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon (March 17, 1988)
- Hans Christian Förster: TU intern, 1/2012.
- Literature by and about Friedrich-Wilhelm Gundlach in the catalog of the German National Library
- List of presidents and rectors of the TU Berlin from 1946
- VDE ring of honor . Accessed January 31, 2018.
- Federal President
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German electrical engineer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 2, 1912|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Berlin|
|DATE OF DEATH||January 27, 1994|
|Place of death||Berlin|