Wednesday, April 01, 2015
He was an entrepreneur legend and generous patron – SAP co-founder Klaus Tschiras death triggers dismay. Not only the University of Heidelberg loses a patron and friend.
companions describe him as down to earth, humorous science and enthusiastic people: Klaus Tschira was best known as co-founder of the software company SAP in Walldorf, Baden-Württemberg. The physicist, the company had created in 1972 together with Dietmar Hopp, Hasso Plattner and two other partners in life. At the same time Tschira was one of the best-known patrons of Germany. On Tuesday, he died unexpectedly at the age of 74 years.
“He was a personality here at the science location Heidelberg,” said the local Unirektor Bernhard Eitel the honorary senator and supporter of the institution. “He was there for the natural sciences. His special love was devoted to mathematics, computer science and physics.” Tschira had seen as mediators of science. He was a humorous, life facing man who had remained on the floor.
“The rogue has always flashed from his eyes.” In 1995, the patron in Heidelberg had the Klaus Tschira Foundation established in which he earned SAP shares with a value of then 14 billion dollars – and thus a large part of his private assets. The foundation he established with the aim of science, computer science and mathematics to promote. In 1997, the native of Freiburg and the father of two children and the EML (European Media Laboratory), an institute for applied computer science
In May 1998, – 57 years – is Tschira withdrew from operations for SAP and joined the Supervisory Board of the Group. “You have time to make room for younger people who take things then in their hands There are too many examples of people that stick too long on their chairs -. In business, and in politics than ever”, he explained at the time his step. In 2007, the enthusiastic amateur astronomer also withdrew from the Supervisory Board of the company.