“It is beautiful to be so connected with the TUM Family”
He still fondly remembers his wonderful university days and the fantastic professors: “I was lucky to have an excellent mathematician as a teacher straight from the beginning. Josef Lense was an ingenious guy, close to Einstein. And then of course the stars of TUM: Professor Heinz Maier-Leibnitz and his doctorate student, the later Nobel laureate Rudolf Mößbauer.” But Rainer Stellwag was not just taken with TUM’s teaching staff, also his fellow students contributed to making his days as a student impossible to forget: “I met my really close friends, a handful, when studying together at the TH. Many of them where members of the Academic Singing Club Munich (Akademischer Gesangsverein München – AGM) with me.”
SUPPORTING THE YOUTH
His alma mater’s achievements never seized to impress him, so he decided to donate a part of his fortune to the TUM University Foundation: “Unfortunately my wife and I have no children of our own and I always thought that it would be better to not just spend the money for entertainment, but to enable young people to have a similar education to the one I was so fortunate to have.” In the US he has seen many times that private persons and companies finance and support their universities. “From its own ranks TUM has produced remarkable people and has furthermore recruited the best from all over the world. It has brought forward innovative and successful things” Rainer Stellwag acclaims. “That impresses me and makes me very proud.”
DiplomA Physics 1965
Rainer Stellwag has studied Physics at TUM in the early 60s when the university was still called Technical College. After his diploma he initially went to the University of Grenoble for one year, then to IBM and acquired extensive skills in IT, business administration and management on top of his professional education. From 1969 up until his retirement in 1999 he worked for Münchner Rückversicherung and was responsible for controlling the global IT activities. In 1993 he married his wife Traudl. Since December 2016 he is one of the TUM University Foundation donors.
An interview with Rainer Stellwag: read the entire interview in the issue 1/2018 of our alumni magazine>