The Foundation


Founded in


Legal Seat

Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Foundation goals according to the statutory revision of 1989

The promotion of scientific research and of learning, the arts, and culture at home and abroad through monetary awards

Management Headquarters

Tannenfleckstraße 30
82194 Groebenzell

Executive Board

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Joachim Grallert (Geschäftsführender Vorstand)
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Wolfgang M. Heckl, Deutsches Museum und Technische Universität München
Werner Reuß, ARD-alpha Bildungskanal Bayerischer Rundfunk

Board of Curators

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth André, Universität Augsburg
Prof. Dr. Norbert Frühauf (Vorsitzender), Universität Stuttgart
Prof. Dr. Christoph Günther, Institut für Kommunikation und Navigation / DLR, Oberpfaffenhofen und TU München
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kramer, TU München
Prof. Dr. Christoph Kutter, Fraunhofer Einrichtung EMFT und Universität der Bundeswehr, München
Prof. Dr. Dr. Steffen Leonhardt, RWTH Aachen

Evaluation Committee

Dr. habil. Ulrich Bleyer, Urania Berlin e.V., Berlin
Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya, Director Interface Science Department, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society, Berlin
Dr. Norbert Lossau (Chairman), Die Welt-Welt am Sonntag, WeltN24 GmbH, Berlin

Agreement of Affiliation

Communications Society of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Corporate Memberships

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Sciences
Fraunhofer Society for Applied Research
Deutsches Museum Munich
German Technion Society
Association of German Engineers
Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies

Foundation Assets and Amount of Awards

The Eduard Rhein Foundation is an academically and politically independent, non-profit foundation administered according to civil law. Its exclusive interest is to present direct monetary rewards to individuals for achievements promoting the public welfare. Its activities are not limited to the Federal Republic of Germany.

The Foundation currently has assets of EURO 9 million. The real value of these assets is maintained by yearly reinvestment of the appropriate proportion of the profits as stipulated by the Statutes.

The amount of the funds available for awards is dependent upon the net proceeds of the preceding business year. The Foundation intends to confer annual awards averaging EURO 50,000. Thus, the Eduard Rhein Award is the largest technology award of its kind in Europe.

In accordance with the natural subdivision of the subject matter, the Technology Award for radio, television and information technology may be split into a basic research award and an award for specific technological developments, but the division is not obligatory.

The Cultural Award for outstanding artistic and/or journalistic achievement or for publications is limited by the Statutes to 25 % of the total amount allocated for all awards in the year concerned.


The individual awards may be split among selected recipients. Since 1990, however, in accordance with the wishes of the founder, not more than two, or in exceptional cases three, Technology or Cultural Awards have been granted.

If in a given year the Curators and Executive Board decide that the achievements then under consideration do not warrant grants, the funds earmarked for that year will be carried forward to the next year.

Award recipients have no legal claim to a specific monetary grant. After hearing the suggestions of the Curators or Evaluation Committee, the Executive Board decides upon the distribution of the funds. It is not bound by such suggestions, however, and its decision is final.

The recipients may use the funds as they wish; they have no obligations to the Foundation. In particular, they need not use the funds for further work in the area of their award-winning achievements.

Managing Chairman from 1990 until 2015


Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Rolf Gartz

* Dezember 23rd, 1940, Bonn/Rhein

Study of physics (atom physics), chemistry (biochemistry) und biology (cell biology) at the universities Bonn and Cologne

1969 Doctor of cell biology / biochemistry (Dr. rer. nat.) at the Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn

Government director in Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany) until 1990

Since 2008 member of the managing board of the German Technion Association, too

Eduard Rhein appointed his nephew Rolf Gartz to his successor as managing chairman of the EDUARD RHEIN FOUNDATION.


Honors received

Prof. h.c. mult. Dr. Dr.h.c.
Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republik of Germany
Sputnik médaille of the Russian Federation for Cosmonautics
Commander’s Cross of the United Nations
Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republik of Germany
Jurij Gagarin médaille of the Russian Federation for Cosmonautics