Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ingo Rechenberg

Technische Universität Berlin
Bionik u. Evolutionstechnik

Sekr. ACK 1
Ackerstrasse 71-76
D-13355 Berlin

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Prof. Dr.- Ing. Ingo Rechenberg

                   Born. 20. 11. 1934 in Berlin.

Sports:        World champion and vice-world champion 1954 for model airplanes

Education:  Study of aircraft engineering at the Technical University of Berlin and at the University of Cambridge/England.

Industry:     Fokker Aircraft in Amsterdam/Holland.

University:  Doctor Degree 1970; Habilitation 1971 – Since 1972 Full Professor at the Technical University of Berlin.

                  Head of the Department for Bionics and Evolutiontechnique (at present Acting Head).

Books:        (in German): Evolutionsstrategie, Optimierung technischer Systeme nach Prinzipien der biologischen Evolution (1973),

                  Evolutionsstrategie ’94 (1994),

                  Photobiologische Wasserstoffproduktion in der Sahara (1994).

Honours:    Lifetime Achievement Award of the Evolutionary Programming Society/USA (1995),

                  Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award of the IEEE Neural Networks Society/USA (2002),

                  Senior Fellow of the Interna­tional Society for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation/USA (2003).


Ingo Rechenberg, born 1934 in Berlin, began his career in science as a model airplane enthusiast. In 1954 hi was the vice-world-champion in model airplanes (F1A). Together with Rudi Lindner and Max Hacklinger he made history with the design that was inspired by bird flight. In 1966, together with, Peter Bienert and Hans-Paul Schwefel he established the unofficial work group Evolutionstechnik (evolution technology) at the TU (Technical University, Berlin. In 1972 he was appointed the job of Professor in the field of bionics and evolution technology at the TU Berlin. Ingo Rechenberg understands bionics as the study and use of results of biological evolution and accordingly the evolution strategy as a part of bionics. In 1975 he developed an patented the System Biofocus, a replication of the biological accommodation principle. And in 1982 his concentration wind turbine BERWIAN was patented. BERWIAN copies the principle of wind flow acceleration at the end of an extended bird wing. Since 1982 Rechenberg travels annually to the desert Erg Chebbi at the edge of the Sahara in south Morocco, where he collects hydrogen producing purple bacteria. In the 1990’s he has been testing photobioreactors under the continuous sun of the Sahara. These photobioreactosr were designed for an Artificial Bacteria-Algae Symbiosis (project ArBAS) for the production of photo-biological hydrogen. Since the year 2000 Rechenbergs most exciting research has been dealing with the Sahara sandfish, a type of lizard which swims with the least friction and maximum abrasion under the sand of the dunes.