Heinz Riesenhuber

Heinz Riesenhuber ( born December 1, 1935 in Frankfurt am Main ) is a German politician ( CDU). As the oldest member of the 17th German Bundestag (2009-2013 ) and in the 18th German Bundestag ( as of 2013 ) ( e) he acts as interim president.

He was from 1982 to 1993 Federal Minister for Research and Technology.

Life and career

After graduation in 1955 at the Heinrich-von- Gagern humanistic Gymnasium in Frankfurt am Main Riesenhuber completed a study of the natural sciences ( chemistry major ) and Economics, which he finished in 1961 as a chemist. During his studies he was a fellow of the Episcopal study Cusanuswerk. From 1962 to 1965 he worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. In 1965 he received his doctorate with the thesis " lattice defects in microcrystalline FePO4 " Doctor of Natural Sciences.

1966 to 1982 he worked for Metallgesellschaft AG, Frankfurt / Main, operates, beginning in 1966 for the Erzgesellschaft mbH (from 1968 as Managing Director). , And from 1971 to 1982 as Technical Director of Synthomer Chemie GmbH 1994 to 2002 he was Co-President of the German -Japanese Cooperation Council for High Technology and Environmental DJR, Bonn. Since 1995 he is honorary professor at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and since 2006 President of the German Parliamentary Society.

Riesenhuber is a member of advisory boards and supervisory boards of German and foreign companies, including the supervisory boards of Altana AG, Bad Homburg, Evotec AG, Hamburg ( Chairman), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH, Frankfurt / Main, Henkel KGaA, Dusseldorf, cable Germany GmbH, Munich / Unterföhring (Honorary Chairman ) and VfW AG Logistics and return systems, Cologne (Deputy Chairman). He is also a member of the advisory board of investors Heidelberg Innovation BioScience Venture II GmbH & Co. KG and the Board of Directors of HBM BioVentures AG, Baar / Switzerland, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Deutsches Museum, Munich, and chairman of the Hessian Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Frankfurt.

Heinz Riesenhuber is married and has four children.


Since 1961 he is a member of the CDU. From 1965 to 1969 he was state chairman of the Junge Union in Hesse. Since 1965 he is a member of the executive committee and since 1968 also of the Presidium of the CDU in Hesse. From 1973 to 1978 he was chairman of the CDU District Association Frankfurt am Main. Since 1979 he has been chairman of the CDU district association Frankfurt Rhein Main ( formerly Lower Main ).

1977 to 1982 he was chairman of the CDU Federal Committee on Energy and Environment.

Member of Parliament

Since 1976, Riesenhuber is a member of the German Bundestag and was here from 1980 to 1982 energy policy spokesman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group. From November 2001 to October 2002, he was Chairman of the Committee on Economics and Technology.

In spring 2006, Riesenhuber was chosen as successor by Elke Leonhard (SPD ) as President of the German Parliamentary Society.

Heinz Riesenhuber was elected on the regional list Hesse in the German Bundestag in 1976 and 1980. He then moved constantly as a directly elected representative in Federal Parliament, first for the constituency of Frankfurt am Main I - Main- Taunus-Kreis, since 2002, then for the electoral district of Main-Taunus. In the 2009 federal election, he scored in his constituency 47.5 percent of the primary vote. As the oldest of Parliament he held the position of interim president of the 17th German Bundestag. In the general election in 2013, he scored 52.5 % of the primary vote. Also in the 18th German Bundestag, he assumes the role of the interim president.

Riesenhuber is a member of the Committee on Economic and Energy and a member of the Council of Elders and deserves the same time in addition to his deputies diet among others Supervisory Director of environmental and waste management company in step 7 above € 75,001 per year.

Public offices

On October 4, 1982 Riesenhuber was appointed Federal Minister for Research and Technology led by Chancellor Helmut Kohl Federal Government. In a cabinet reshuffle, he resigned from the cabinet on 21 January 1993.


Riesenhuber made ​​the fly his trademark.


Honorary doctorates:

  • Weizmann Institute in Rehovot (Israel )
  • Academy of Mining and Metallurgy Krakow ( Poland)
  • University of Surrey (England)
  • University of Göttingen, 1997, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology


  • Great Federal Cross of Merit with star ( Germany )
  • Hessian Merit
  • Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour (France)
  • Grand Gold Medal with Ribbon ( Austria )
  • Order of the Sacred Treasure with Star and Sash (Japan)
  • Karl Winnacker Prize 1993
  • Heinrich -Hertz- Chair of the University of Karlsruhe in 1997/98
  • Gold Medal of the Academia Europaea
  • Wernher von Braun Gold Medal
  • Cicero orator Award 1995


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