Helmut Engler

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Helmut Engler (born April 14, 1926 in Freiburg im Breisgau ; † October 25, 2015 there ) was a German lawyer and politician for the CDU .

education and profession

Engler grew up in Freiburg and graduated from Berthold-Gymnasium in 1944. After his military service and one year of work as a farm worker, he studied from 1946 Jura and put 1949 his first and 1953 his second state examination. In 1968 he was at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg with the dissertation topic Adoptions (§§ 1741-1772 BGB) for Dr. jur. PhD .

From 1953 Engler was a court assessor and regional judge at the regional court in Freiburg, in between two years scientific assistant in the Federal Ministry of Justice, from 1959 personal assistant to the President of the Federal Constitutional Court and presidential councilor of the first senate of this court, from 1963 higher regional judge at the higher regional court in Karlsruhe (civil senate in Freiburg). On August 1, 1968, he was appointed full professor to a chair for civil law and civil procedural law at the law faculty of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg , which he headed for four years from 1973, and since 1975 also as chairman of the state rectors' conference of Baden-Württemberg universities.

Political activity

In 1977 Engler succeeded Kurt Rebmann as Ministerial Director at the Ministry of Justice in Baden-Württemberg under Justice Minister Guntram Palm . When Prime Minister Hans Filbinger reshuffled his cabinet in May 1978 and divided the Ministry of Culture into two ministries, Engler was appointed the first Minister for Science and Art in Baden-Württemberg . He then also joined the CDU.

Engler was able to assert himself as Minister of Science under Prime Minister Lothar Späth , but then had to give up his office in 1991 when Späth resigned. During his term of office, Hans Küng was withdrawn from teaching at the University of Tübingen and two universities of education were closed.

After leaving as minister, Engler resumed his professorship at the law faculty of the University of Freiburg. Engler died in October 2015 at the age of 89. He left his wife Gertrud geb. Schmukle and three children.


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Land mourns the loss of the first Minister of Science, Helmut Engler. In: The world . October 26, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015 . Obituary. In: Badische Zeitung. October 29, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015 .
predecessor Office successor
Hansjürg Steinlin Rector of the University of Freiburg
Bernhard Stoeckle