29 June 1999

Greater Senate Elects New Vice-Rectors

Prof. Dr. Heinz Horner re-elected; new from 1 October 1999: Prof. Dr. Jochen Troeger and Prof. Dr. Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik

At its meeting of 28 June 1999, the Greater Senate elected Prof. Dr. Heinz Horner, Prof. Dr. Jochen Troeger and Prof. Dr. Susanne Weidelin-Schwiedrzik to the office of vice-rector for the period from 1 October 1999 to 30 September 2001. Rector Prof. Dr. Juergen Siebke expressed his gratitude to the departing vice-rectors Prof. Dr. Hartmut Kirchheim and Prof. Dr. Heinz-Dietrich Loewe, emphasizing the immense commitment they have shown in the conduct of University affairs. Working with them had been a pleasure, said Prof. Siebke, because the atmosphere of trust and the cooperative spirit prevailing in their years of office made it possible to generate substantial impulses in the field of higher education policy and also to initiate a number of forward-looking structural developments.

Prof. Horner: Munich, Minneapolis, Aachen, Heidelberg

Prof. Horner Prof. Horner has been a member of the Rectorate since October 1997. He has a special responsibility for research issues, one of his functions being the chairmanship of the Senate's "New Media" commission. Born in 1938, Heinz Horner is a professor at the Institute of Theoretical Physics. His academic career began in Munich where he was awarded his doctorate. After that he was assistant professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, returning to Germany and gaining his Habilitation at Aachen Technical University in 1973. After a brief period at the Institute of Solid-State Physics at the Juelich Nuclear Research Centre he was appointed professor of theoretical physics at the University of Heidelberg on 1 January 1975 and has been here ever since.

Prof. Troeger: Habilitation on "The Abused Child"

Prof. Tröger Pediatric radiologist Prof. Dr. Jochen Troeger was born in 1940 and studied medicine at the Free University Berlin. After internships at the Institute of Pathology and the Berlin-Stieglitz University Hospital Radiology Institute, his medical career took him first to Kiel then to Mainz. The subject of his 1978 Habilitation thesis was "The Abused Child". After a study sojourn at Harvard University Children's Hospital, Prof. Troeger was appointed professor of pediatric radiology at the University of Mainz, moving to Heidelberg in 1984 where he is now medical director of the University's Pediatric Radiology Department.

Prof. Weigelin-Schwiedrzik: the expert on "shi" and "lun" was formerly a member of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Advisory Council on Research

Prof. Weigelin-Schwiedrzik Prof. Dr. Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik (b. 1955) is professor of modern sinology and director of the Department of Sinology of the University of Heidelberg. She began her studies in Bonn in 1973 with a joint course in sinology, Japanese studies and political science. With a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service she spent the years 1975-1977 studying in the People's Republic of China, first at the Institute of Foreign Languages then at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Peking (Beijing Daxue). After further study in Bonn and Bochum she presented her doctoral thesis in 1982 on "Party Historiography in the People's Republic of China". Prof. Weigelin-Schwiedrzik's Habilitation thesis on "shi" and "lun" is a methodological study of historiography in the People's Republic. After sojourns in Berkeley (USA) and Quinghua University, the new vice-rector came to Heidelberg in 1988. She has been the University's deputy commissioner for women's issues, a member of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Advisory Council on Research (1994-1997) and a member of the Greater Senate. She took up her activities in the Administrative Council of the University in 1995.

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