Prof. Dr. Sennheiser Awarded Diesel Medal in Munich
Dec 3, 2004 11:45 AM
On Nov. 24, 2004, the Diesel Medal awards ceremony was held in the Hall of Honor at the Deutsche Museum in Munich. The medal is awarded by the Diesel Board of Trustees to honor inventors and their enterprising work. Among this year's recipients of the coveted award is Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser, a pioneer in the field of radio frequency technology and electroacoustics, and the founder of Sennheiser (www.sennheiserusa.com).
The Diesel Medal is presented not only to recognize the technical brilliance of the recipients but also to mark their economic relevance. For Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser, the Diesel Medal is therefore a double award. "When I founded the company in 1945, I was an engineer through and through. I concentrated on development and gave lectures at the university," he says. "As far as commercial issues and company management were concerned, I had to teach myself everything I know. Sometimes, I also had to learn from my own mistakes."
The inventions produced by Sennheiser and his team revolutionized the field of sound transmission. Their pioneering developments included the first interference shotgun microphone for the film industry, the first professional wireless microphones for television, reporters' transmitters, RF condenser microphones for outside broadcasts, the automatic answering machine, the first baby monitor, infrared audio transmission technology and the first open headphones.
In addition to Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser, the Diesel Medal was also awarded to Sybille Storz, Prof. Dr. h.c. Reinhold Würth, Prof. Dr. Anton Kathrein, Jörgen S. Rasmussen, and Günther Kampichler. The ceremonial speech was made by Dr. Thomas Goppel, Bavarian state minister for science, research, and art.
The Diesel Medal Trust and the Diesel Board of Trustees were established in 1952 by the son of the inventor of the diesel engine, Dr. Eugen Diesel. The foundation led to the establishment in 1969 of the German Institute for Inventions (Deutsche Institut für Erfindungswesen e.V.), within which the Diesel Board of Trustees independently decides on awarding the Diesel Medal for outstanding inventions.
As one of the world's leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones, and wireless transmission systems, the Sennheiser Group with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, had total sales of over euro237 million in 2003. The export share is about 80 percent. Sennheiser has a total workforce of approximately 1,600 employees, of whom 60 percent are employed in Germany. Sennheiser is active worldwide and, in addition to other partnerships, has its own sales subsidiaries in France, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, China, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and the USA.
Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is the acknowledged world leader in microphone technology, RF-wireless and infrared sound transmission, headphone transducer technology, and most recently, in the development of active noise-cancellation. Sennheiser Electronic Corporation is the U.S. wholly-owned subsidiary, with headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn.