Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Dr. e.h. Hasso Plattner

On February 17, 2020, the KIT Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology awarded ITIV alumnus Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Hasso Plattner an honorary doctorate in a festive ceremony.


Photo: Markus Breig, KIT


Hasso Plattner completed his degree in communications engineering in 1968 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the former University of Karlsruhe (TH), now KIT, under Prof. Karl Steinbuch, who is still considered one of the pioneers of German computer science.

After the welcoming address by Prof. Holger Hanselka, President of KIT, Prof. Becker looked back in his introduction to the time when people were still talking about the "somewhat unknown art of programming".



Photo: Markus Breig, KIT

Dietmar Hopp, also an alumnus of the University of Karlsruhe (TH), gave the laudatory speech and recalled their shared beginnings at SAP.


Visibly moved, Hasso Plattner accepted the doctoral hat made by ITIV doctoral students.



Press release:

to the KIT press release 013/2020

BNN article from 18.02.2020

Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung article from 18.02.2020


“Irrespective of his scientific achievements, KIT distanced itself from Karl Steinbuch in November 2023. In this connection, KIT decided to rename its information technology center Scientific Computing Center (previously Steinbuch Centre for Computing). This decision is based on latest findings of historian A. Guhl, according to which Karl Steinbuch advocated unacceptable acts of war as a young man during the Nazi era. After his retirement, Steinbuch increasingly adopted extreme right-wing positions.” (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

Link to the press release