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Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for Computer Scientist Martin Wirsing

The president of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to computer scientist Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Martin Wirsing from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich).

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„Today we are used to have a smartphone, an intuitive-to-use and powerful small computer, in our pocket. Scientists like you have paved the road in the area of software engineering. You have already been a computer-science expert when Bill Gates‘ company Microsoft announced the PC operating system MS-DOS in the beginning of the 1980s. You have achieved large merits, nationally and internationally, in science, research, and education. Today, programming is becoming the the fourth Kulturtechnik, with a key impact on all areas of economy and society.“, explains minister of science Markus Blume.

After his studies of mathematics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and Université Paris-Diderot (Paris-VII), Wirsing was several years scientific assistant under computer-science pioneer Friedrich L. Bauer at TU München (TUM). In 1983, the born Bayreuther was offered his first research chair for computer science with focus on programming languages at Universität Passau.

Wirsing came back to LMU München in 1992 and received the research chair for programming and software engineering. He took a large share in designing the study program in computer science and in building the Institute for Informatics, which hosts today leading research groups in certain research areas. His most important research topics reach from mathematical logic to formal methods in software engineering. Wirsing developed a highly flexible core language for specification of data structures, which made him to a member of a group of leading scientists in the area of programming languages in Europe and world-wide. Also in the area of software engineering, Wirsing with his research group was far ahead of the state of the art in industrial practice.

Wirsing is author and editor of more than 20 books, published about 200 scientific articles, and coordinated various EU projects. Because of his expertise, he was part of many scientific committees and was honored with the honorary degree of the Royal Holloway College of the University London.

Besides his achievements in the area of computer science, Wirsing made significant contributions to the academic self-administration at LMU München: from 2002 he was member of the senate, and from 2010 to 2019 vice president for teaching. In this role, he was engaged in continuous improvements of the conditions of studying, the digitalization in teaching, the accreditation of study programs, and the study programs in education.


[Source: image and text from StMWK, https://www.stmwk.bayern.de/pressemitteilung/12480/nr-041-vom-07-03-2022.html, translated to English by D. Beyer]

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