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Emeriti of Honour

The Emeriti of Honour of the University of Bayreuth, as proposed by the Governing Board of the University of Bayeuth in agreement with the Senate, are distinguished released or retired professors who have shown outstanding commitment to the University, but also extraordinary achievement beyond the call of duty. By awarding this honorary title, the University of Bayreuth wishes to continue to benefit from their experience and know-how, and to integrate this into the working of the University.

Tasks of the Emeriti of Honour

Emeriti of Honour act as independent advisors and are regularly consulted by the President of the University of Bayreuth on strategic decision-making and future issues. Appointments are for five years, with the possibility of renewal. For more information, please see the University of Bayreuth's Policy on Emeriti of Honour.

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Emeritus of Honour Professor Dr. Diethelm Klippel

Prof. Dr. Diethelm Klippel was appointed Chair of Civil Law & Legal History at the University of Bayreuth in 1995. From 2006 to 2011, Prof. Klippel was spokesman, and from 2011 to 2015, deputy spokesman of the DFG Research Training Group "Intellectual Property & the Public Domain" at the University of Bayreuth. He was a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee for Research & Junior Researchers of the University of Bayreuth from 2008 to 2012. As Ombudsman for Academic Self-Regulation (2006 to 2015), Prof. Klippel dealt with issues of scientific misconduct together with the Committee for Academic Self-Regulation; from February 2011, he was instrumental in this role in resolving "Causa Guttenberg".

Prof. Klippel was born in Trier in 1943 and studied law, political science, sociology, and modern history at the Universities of Marburg, Nottingham, and Giessen from 1965 to 1972. In 1972 he passed his First State Law Examination in Giessen, and in 1977 his Second State Law Examination in Regensburg. In 1975, he received his doctorate in law from Justus Liebig University Giessen ("Political Freedom and Rights of Freedom in 18th Century German Natural Justice Law"), and his postdoctoral lecture qualification in law from the University of Regensburg in 1982 ("The Protection of Names under Civil Law"). The law expert taught at the Universities of Bielefeld and Giessen from 1984 to 1995 and declined a call to the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in 1991. In 1990 and 1992 Diethelm Klippel was Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School Madison, and from 2000 to 2001 he was a fellow of the Historisches Kolleg Munich.

Prof. Klippel was co-editor of "Zeitschrift für Neuere Rechtsgeschichte" until 2014 and is founder and co-editor of "Zeitschrift für Geistiges Eigentum" as well as of the book series "Intellectual Property and Competition Law". He was chairman of the Association for Constitutional History for several years. Prof. Klippel is a member of the three-member board of directors of the international research project 'Natural Law 1625-1850. An International Research Network' and subject editor for law and constitution of "Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit" (16 volumes, 2005-2012).

Prof. Klippel's research focuses on the history of law - especially the history of private law and the history of legal philosophy - constitutional history and civil law, especially protection of personality and intellectual property law. He has been the director of numerous research projects funded by DFG, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

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Emeritus of Honour Professor Dr. Diethelm Klippel

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Emerita of Honour Professorin Dr. Gudrun Miehe

Prof. Dr. Gudrun Miehe was appointed Chair of African Studies I at the University of Bayreuth in 1992. As a representative of the department, she played a decisive role in shaping African studies research and teaching on the languages and literatures of Africa in Bayreuth. In 1996, she established the International Swahili Colloquium at the University of Bayreuth, which is funded by the DFG every two years. Her commitment to the preservation of important cultural heritage in East Africa was clear from the start, and she devoted further research focus to the Gur languages spoken in West Africa.

As a member of the steering committee of the Collaborative Research Centre/FK 560 "Local Action in Africa in the Context of Global Influences" and as its deputy spokesperson (2000 to 2006), Prof. Miehe championed the expansion of the University of Bayreuth's focus on Africa. Between 1993/94 and 1997, as deputy spokesperson of the Research Training Group "Intercultural Relations in Africa", she advanced the further development of structured doctoral programs. To this day, she remains active as a mentor of doctoral projects and, since 2012, as one of two ombudspersons of the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS).

Prof. Miehe championed the focus area of African Studies as a member of the steering committee of the Institute for African Studies, of which she was managing director from 1999 to 2001. At the Faculty of Linguistics & Literatures, she also held a number of offices, including membership of the Standing Committee for Budgetary, Property and Building Affairs, the University Planning Commission (1995 to 1997), and the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Linguistics and Literatures. In 1996, she became the first woman to be elected dean, and from 1998 to 2001 she served as associate dean. After its establishment in 1998, Gudrun Miehe was the managing director of the Language Centre until 2001, and from 2004 to 2007 she was a member of the Senate.

After her retirement, Gudrun Miehe represented the African Studies I research group from 2007 to 2008, and maintained her association with the University of Bayreuth in many ways despite her move to Berlin. For example, she helped to organize a lecture series for emeriti initiated by Prof. Büttner and continued to supervise doctoral projects within the framework of BIGSAS.

Currently, Gudrun Miehe is involved in a research project on old Swahili manuscripts (early 19th century). In addition, she is currently working intensively on the description of Gur languages such as Cerma (Central Gur), a field of research on which Prof. Miehe has published several papers in recent years.

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Emerita of Honour Professorin Dr. Gudrun Miehe

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Emeritus of Honour Professor Dr. Markus Schwoerer

Prof. Dr. Markus Schwoerer is one of the founding generation of the University of Bayreuth. From 1975 until his retirement in 2005, he was Chair of Experimental Physics II. In 1983, he declined the offer to become director of the then new Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, in order, instead, as co-founder of the Bayreuth Institute for Macromolecule Research (BIMF), to lay the foundations for the great reputation of Bayreuth polymer research continuing to this day. In the years between 1984 and 1998, he was spokesman for the DFG Collaborative Research Centres 213 ("TOPOMAC") and 279 ("Interplay between Order and Transport in Solids") at the University of Bayreuth. From 1996 to 1998 he served as President, and from 1998 to 2000 as Vice President of the German Physical Society (DPG), in which he is still actively involved today.

Prof. Schwoerer was born in Waiblingen in 1937. He studied physics at TH Stuttgart and ETH Zurich. In 1967, he was awarded his doctorate "with distinction" at the - in the meantime renamed - University of Stuttgart; his habilitation following there in 1973. After moving to the University of Bayreuth, he became a member of the University's first elected senate. Since then, he has been involved in numerous university committees for the establishment and further development of courses of study and laboratories. Electronic, optical, and magnetic properties of organic solids are the main focus of his dedicated research activities, which have resulted in more than 120 publications, numerous renowned "protégés", and a textbook in German and English.

From 1985 to 1994, Prof. Schwoerer was a member of the selection committee for the "Bavarian Programme for the Promotion of Highly Skilled Young Scientists (Fiebiger Program)". After 1989, as spokesman for the Conference of Physics Departments (KFP), he rendered great services to the reorganization of higher education in the new German states of the former GDR. From 1998 to 2003 he was a member of the Council for Science and Research of the Bavarian State Minister for Science, Research and the Arts. In 1999, he was admitted as a full member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Prof. Schwoerer has received numerous honours, including the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (1985), the 'Pro Meritis Scientiae et Litterarum' award from the Bavarian State Minister of Science, Research and the Arts (2000), the Bavarian Order of Merit (2002), honorary membership of the DPG (2009), the Alexander von Humboldt Medal of the Society of German Natural Scientists and Physicians (2010), and the Medal of Merit of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences (2010).

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Emeritus of Honour Professor Dr. Markus Schwoerer

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Emeritus of Honour Professor Dr. Jochen Sigloch

Prof. Dr. Jochen Sigloch was a full professor at the University of Bayreuth for a total of 35 years, from 1978 until his retirement in 2013. He was actively involved in academic self-administration, which was so important to him. He twice held the office of Dean of the Faculty of Law, Business & Economics, and was elected to the Senate several times. From 1996 to 1999, Prof. Sigloch served as Vice President of the University of Bayreuth for Research & Junior Scholars. As Ombudsman for Junior Scholars from 1996 to 2005, he was the permanent point of contact for problems that may arise during the qualification phase of young scientists. From 2007 to 2013, he contributed his many years of experience in higher education policy to the Presidential Advisory Committee for Student Fees.

Prof. Sigloch was born in Schwäbisch Hall in 1944. From 1965 to 1969, he studied business administration first at the University of Freiburg, then at the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (LMU), where he graduated with a diploma. Only two years later in 1971, he received his doctorate from LMU Munich with a thesis on "Corporate Growth through Mergers", a topic that is still hotly contested today. In 1976, also in Munich, he completed his habilitation in business administration with a research thesis on "Procedures for the Determination of Assessment Bases for the Taxation of Corporate Success". After his appointment as a university lecturer at the LMU Munich, Prof. Sigloch accepted the call to Bayreuth at the beginning of 1978 to the then newly established Business Taxation and Auditing research group. He declined calls to the University of Duisburg (1988) and the University of Mainz (1993).

When Prof. Sigloch gave his farewell lecture on "Tax simplification - Herculean or Sisyphean task?" in January 2013, numerous "alumni" came back to their alma mater in Bayreuth to be present. Together they looked back on his successful work in research and teaching. The academic qualification "Bayreuth economist", greatly respected in Germany, was in large part conceived by Prof. Sigloch. Indeed, he was one of the initiators of the additional economics training for lawyers at the University of Bayreuth and, together with the sports scientist Prof. Zieschang, founded Bayreuth’s Sport, Business & Law programme in 1985. In addition, as early as the 1980s, he conceived the joint degree programme "German/Economics" with Chinese colleagues from the renowned Shanghai International Studies University, which has enjoyed enduring success to this day; and he has held a visiting professorship there since 2002. In 2012, Prof. Dr. Jochen Sigloch was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit.

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Emeritus of Honour Professor Dr. Jochen Sigloch