Gerhard Lustig (computer scientist)

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Gerhard Lustig (born June 18, 1929 in Leipzig ; † October 6, 1993 , full name Kurt Gerhard Lustig) was a German mathematician and information scientist .


Gerhard Lustig passed his Abitur at a Leipzig high school in 1947 . From 1947 to 1952 he studied mathematics and physics at the University of Leipzig . He graduated as a mathematician. He then worked for three years as a research assistant at the Mathematical Institute at Leipzig University. In 1955 he received his doctorate as Dr. rer. nat. with the dissertation “About the zeta function of a structure on a manifold ”. The evaluators of the work were Erich Kähler and Ernst Hölder .

Gerhard Lustig at a lecture in Leipzig in 1956/57

He then worked as a senior scientific assistant at the Research Institute for Mathematics of the German Academy of Sciences in East Berlin, but also held lectures at Leipzig University.

In 1958 Lustig fled the GDR and initially worked for two years in the mathematics department of IBM Germany in Sindelfingen . From 1960 to 1969 he was a scientific advisor to the Commission of the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM), initially in Brussels until 1961 and then in the Joint Research Center in Ispra in Italy . Here, among other things, the automatic translation from Russian into English was operated, whereby Lustig carried out the first work with a “new type of association factor” for automatic indexing . The automatic language processing ( computational linguistics ) and the automatic retrieval of automatically indexed complex text passages ( information retrieval ) remained his fields of work from then on.

From 1969 to 1975 Lustig was head of the research and post-university training department at the Central Office for Machine Documentation (ZMD) in Frankfurt am Main . He also held teaching positions from 1970 to 1971 at the Institute for Communication Research and Phonetics at the University of Bonn and from 1971 to 1974 in the Mathematics Department at the University of Frankfurt .

In 1975 Gerhard Lustig received a professorship for data management systems in the computer science department of the TH Darmstadt . Here he worked for seventeen years in a school-building manner in the areas of automatic indexing and information retrieval. He supervised ten doctorates and over 30 diploma theses. He was also dean at the TH Darmstadt for two terms.


The University Association for Information Science (HI) has been awarding the Gerhard Lustig Prize for the best student thesis in information science during the last two years during the International Information Science Symposium (ISI) since 2000.

Publications (selection)

  • Gerhard Lustig: About the zeta function of a structure on a manifold , dissertation, Leipzig 1955
  • Gerhard Lustig, Gerhard Knorz : Project pilot application AIR / PHYS: Pilot application of automatic indexing and improved retrieval processes with the database PHYS , Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, 1984–1986
  • Gerhard Lustig: Automatic indexing and information retrieval: experiences and perspectives , Technical University of Darmstadt, Department of Data Management Systems II, 1988
  • Gerhard Lustig: Automatic indexing between research and application , Verlag Georg Olms, 1986, ISBN 978-3487078250


  • Rainer Kuhlen (Hrsg.): Experimental and practical information retrieval. Festschrift for Lustig, Gerhard , Uvk Univers.-Vlg. Konstanz (1992), ISBN 978-3879404179

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. Gerhard Lustig Prize