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Who was Hans Dinger?

Hans Dinger was a German manager. He was Chairman of the Board of Management of MTU Munich and Friedrichshafen and a Member of the Board of Management of Daimler-Benz. Professor Dinger was awarded the Grand Cross first class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his commitment to business and society. He had been Honorary Senator of the University of Constance since 1987 and received the honorary medal of the city of Friedrichshafen in 1987. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Technical University of Munich and appointed professor. Professor Dinger had been serving as Chairman of the Board of the Research Association for Combustion Engines from 1979 to 1988. From 1989 until his death in 2010 he had been Honorary President of the association.

With his outstanding engineering knowledge, Professor Dinger set technical milestones for his company and played a decisive role in shaping research and development. Early on, he recognized the opportunities of pre-competitive Industrial Collective Research (Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung – IGF) for the further development of the internal combustion engine and its special value for the training of young scientists, thus enabling networked thinking and action of science and industry.

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