Hans Leussink

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Hans Leussink (born February 2, 1912 in Schüttorf ; † February 16, 2008 in Karlsruhe ) was a German civil engineer for geotechnical engineering , university lecturer and politician . From October 1969 to March 1972 he was the independent Federal Minister for Education and Science .

education and profession

After graduating from high school in 1930, Leussink completed a degree in civil engineering in Dresden , which he completed as a graduate engineer . He then worked as a scientific assistant at the Institute for Technical Mechanics at the Bergakademie Freiberg ( Saxony ) with Franz Kögler . In 1939 he became operations manager at the Earthworks Institute at the Technical University of Munich . On May 1, 1937, he became a member of the NSDAP . In 1941 he was with the work experiments with off-road earthmoving equipment with special consideration of the influence of soil type for Dr.-Ing. PhD . In 1942 he was drafted as a soldier.

After the war, he ran his own architecture and engineering office in Schüttorf and Essen / Ruhr from 1946 to 1952 . After his habilitation , he was professor for foundation engineering , tunneling and construction operations at the Technical University of Karlsruhe from October 1954 , where he significantly expanded the geotechnical institute and made it internationally recognized.

From 1956 to 1958 he was Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering, from 1958 to 1961 as Rector of the TH Karlsruhe. From 1960 to 1962 he was President of the West German Rectors' Conference and from 1962/63 Chairman of the Committee on Research and Higher Education of the Council of Europe . From 1962 to 1969 he was also a member of the Science Council, from 1965 as its chairman.

Public offices

On October 22, 1969, he was appointed Federal Minister for Education and Science in the first cabinet of Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt . As part of this task, he headed the federal-state commission for educational planning in 1970/71 . He is one of the few non-party federal ministers in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. On January 26, 1972, he resigned from this office; He was succeeded on March 15, 1972 by Klaus von Dohnanyi .

Leussink also worked on the supervisory bodies of numerous institutes, foundations and associations, e. B. since 1972 senator of the Max Planck Society , also since 1972 member of the Board of Trustees of the Volkswagenwerk Foundation , since 1973 member, from 1978 chairman of the board of trustees of the German-British Foundation for the Study of Industrial Society , also since 1973 chairman of the selection committee for the US Senior Scientists Program of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation , Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics since 1974, member of the John McCloy Fund's selection committee since 1975, member of the Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institute since 1976 for plasma physics.

Hans Leussink has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation since it was set up in 1967 and was its deputy chairman from 1979 to 2007. Since then he has been an honorary member of the Board of Trustees. He was also a member of the board of directors of Fried from 1967 to 1969 and from 1972 to 1998. Krupp GmbH and on the Supervisory Board of Fried. Krupp AG Hoesch-Krupp.


No former Federal Minister reached a higher age than Hans Leussink at 96 years and 14 days, until Helmut Schmidt reached this on January 6, 2015.

Leussink remained the last non-party federal minister until 1991. This changed when Klaus Kinkel was appointed Federal Minister of Justice to the fourth cabinet of the Federal Government of Helmut Kohl ; However, he joined the FDP a few days after his appointment.

Honors and awards (selection)


  • Ernst Elitz, Hayo Matthiesen: My God, what should we do? SPIEGEL talk with the Minister for Education and Science Hans Leussink . In: Der Spiegel . No. 11 , 1970, pp. 38-46 ( online ).

Web links


  1. BT-Drs. 17/8134 of December 14, 2011: The Federal Government's answer to the major question from the Die Linke ea .: “Dealing with the Nazi past” , p. 13 ( PDF ).
  2. ^ Institute for Soil Mechanics and Rock Mechanics - History .
  3. "Recourse to the Third Link" . In: Der Spiegel . No. 6 , 1972 ( online - Jan. 31, 1972 ).
  4. ^ He had asked Brandt to be released in early December 1971; the search for a successor dragged on ( Der Spiegel, January 31, 1972 ).
  5. American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Ed.): Members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences: 1780–2011 , p. 361 (PDF in English; 1.4 MB).