Günter Spur

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Günter Spur (born October 28, 1928 in Braunschweig ; † August 20, 2013 in Copenhagen ) was a German engineering scientist . He was a university professor for production engineering and machine tools at the TU Berlin .


From 1948 to 1954, Spur studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig, specializing in production engineering. During his studies, he joined the Alemannia fraternity in Braunschweig and remained loyal to it as an old man throughout his life.

After a brief industry at Gildemeister AG , he returned to the TH and became in 1960 there on contribution to cutting force measurement while drilling with twist drills taking into account the radial forces doctorate . This was followed by another job at Gildemeister, where he was ultimately responsible for important technical innovations in lathes in the role of design director.

In 1965, trace from Heinrich Schallbroch took over the management of the Institute for Machine Tools and Factory Management (IWF) at the TU Berlin , which was founded in 1904 by Georg Schlesinger . In 1976 he founded the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK). Both institutes grew very quickly and have been working closely together since 1986 in the newly built Production Technology Center (PTZ), which Spur managed until 1997. His successor in all three functions was Eckart Uhlmann .

From 1991 to 1996, Spur was the founding rector of the Technical University of Cottbus . He was the main initiator for the establishment of acatech - German Academy of Technical Sciences and was at the head of the forerunner organization, the Convention for Technical Sciences. He was also a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences .

Grave of Günter Spur in the Heerstrasse cemetery in Berlin-Westend

Günter Spur died on August 20, 2013 at the age of 84 in Copenhagen. Until a few days before his death, he had been working on ongoing projects in his office. He left behind his wife Mary Spur and three children. The funeral service took place on September 12, 2013 in the French Friedrichstadtkirche on Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin. His grave is on the state's own cemetery in Heerstrasse in Berlin-Westend (grave location: II-Wald-10-32A / 32B).

Scientific work

Spur was instrumental in initiating and helping to shape the development of production technology into its own scientific field. In the 1980s he was referred to as the "father of the factory of the future". Together with Theodor Stöferle, he was the editor of the Handbuch der Fertigungstechnik , a standard work on production technology.

Awards and honors

Fonts (selection)

  • (Ed. with Theodor Stöferle) Handbook of Manufacturing Technology. 6 volumes in 10 parts. Carl Hanser Verlag , Munich / Vienna 1979–1994, ISBN 3-446-12538-8 .
  • On the change in the industrial world through machine tools: A cultural-historical consideration of manufacturing technology. Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich / Vienna 1991, ISBN 3-446-16242-9 .
  • From hand ax to digital product: a cultural-historical contribution to the development of Berlin production science. Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich / Vienna 2004, ISBN 3-446-22998-1 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The TU Berlin mourns Günter Spur. tu-berlin.de, August 20, 2013, accessed on August 21, 2013 .
  2. Fraunhofer IPK mourns the loss of Prof. Günter Spur. ipk.fraunhofer.de, August 21, 2013, accessed on September 3, 2013 .
  3. ^ Obituary for Günter Spur. He was the father of the modern factory . In: Der Tagesspiegel . August 21, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
  4. ↑ Obituary notice of the family in the Tagesspiegel from September 1, 2013. Accessed on November 22, 2019.
  5. Technion Haifa honors Günter Spur. tu-berlin.de, June 18, 2012, accessed on August 21, 2013 .
  6. a b c d G. Laalej: Professor Günter Spur is 80 years old . In: VDI news . October 31, 2008, ISSN  0042-1758 , p. 27 .
  7. a b c Helmholtz Medal to Günter Spur. idw-online.de, April 11, 2006, accessed on August 21, 2013 .