The technical university of Munich honours an entrepreneur who, as an engineer and scientist, has rendered outstanding services to technical environmental protection, as appreciated in the laudation. As one of the first entrepreneurs in Germany, Hans G. Huber recognized the global aspect of the water and wastewater issue. Wastewater is value material – On the basis of this principle Huber has developed numerous innovations and offered them as tailor-made technical solutions. His solutions for Europe are based upon state-of-the-art high technology, while sturdy design is the characteristic feature of the fresh water and wastewater treatment systems developed for and marketed in developing and emerging countries.
Hans Huber’s vita reflects the both successful and responsibility demanding combination of scientific creativity with technical know-how and entrepreneurial foresight. Born on 6 September 1942 in Neumarkt i.d. Oberpfalz, he finished his process engineering studies at the technical university of Munich in 1967 as a graduate engineer. In 1968 he started to develop the small medium-sized family business into a modern company. Today, with its 750 employees (500 of which in Germany) and a turnover of 100 million Euro, the Hans Huber AG counts among the internationally leading water, wastewater and waste technology enterprises.
As a scientifically orientated entrepreneur, Hans G. Huber has always operated closely with the technical universities of Munich, Aachen and Darmstadt. He spoke personally at various international conferences and published in renowned journals, such as Water Science & Technology. He is speaker of the DWA (German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste) and is a member in several expert committees. Since 2006 he has been the speaker of the Cluster Umwelttechnologie der Bayerischen Staatsregierung (environmental technology cluster of the Bavarian State Government).
Hans Huber’s life-time achievement has been honoured with numerous awards. Among others, he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit with Ribbon of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Bavarian State Medal for the special services rendered to the Bavarian economy, and the Environmental Medal of the State of Bavaria. In 2006 he received the with 500,000 Euro endowed German Environmental Award from Federal President Horst Köhler.