Peter Gaehtgens

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Peter Gaehtgens (born September 1, 1937 in Dresden , Saxony ) is a German physiologist . He is a professor emeritus and former president of the Free University of Berlin . From 2003 to 2005 he was President of the University Rectors' Conference .


After graduating from high school in Aachen , Gaehtgens studied human medicine in Freiburg , Munich and Cologne and graduated in 1963 with the state examination and in 1964 with a doctorate. After his license to practice medicine, he became a research assistant at the Institute for Normal and Pathological Physiology at the University of Cologne in 1966, but left Cologne after a year to work as a fellow and research fellow at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena , California . After two years there , he completed his habilitation in 1971 in Cologne, also in physiology.

In 1983 Gaehtgens was appointed to a C4 professorship at the Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin). Gaehtgens worked in various international scientific societies, e. B. as Secretary General of the European Society for Microcirculation and Vice-President of the International Society of Biorheology. He has received various international awards for his scientific work, e. B. the Malpighi Medal of the European Society for Microcirculation, became Honorary Professor at the Tashkent State University as well as at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and 1996 member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW). In the academic self-administration, Gaehtgens served as Medical Vice President, became Dean of the Medical Faculty of the Free University of Berlin in 1995 and acted as 1st Vice President and Deputy President of the university. From 1999 until his retirement in 2003, Gaehtgens was President of the Free University of Berlin.

In 2003 he was elected President of the University Rectors' Conference and held this office until the end of 2005. In this role, Gaehtgens came under fire as an advocate of tuition fees and was therefore the victim of a cake attack at the University of Tübingen in 2005 . From 2005 to 2009 he was a member of the board of the European University Association (EUA); since 2009 he has been working at the European level as Senior Advisor to the European Center for Strategic Management of Universities (ESMU, Brussels). Since the beginning of 2008 he has been chairman of the Schleswig-Holstein University Council, which is responsible for the universities in Kiel, Lübeck and Flensburg. In June 2010, the Schleswig-Holstein University Council resigned in protest against the state government's austerity plans

Gaehtgens was married to Christiane Gaehtgens , who died in 2020, and has one son. Gaehtgens is the grandson of Louis Ruyter Radcliffe Grote and brother of the art historian Thomas W. Gaehtgens .


  • 1972: High-rise award from the medical faculty of the University of Cologne
  • 1986: Abbott Microcirculation Award
  • 1990: Malpighi Award from the European Society for Microcirculation

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Biography of Peter Gaehtgens on the website of the German Rectors' Conference ( Memento from June 20, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  2. ^ Video report cake attack against tuition fees on YouTube from November 1, 2006
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