Press Release 150/2017

Co-Founder of Informatics: On Karl Steinbuch’s 100th Birthday

Karl Steinbuch Coined the Term “Informatics“ – The Visionary Conducted Research and Lectured in Karlsruhe
Karl Steinbuch when he left the company of Standard Elektrik Lorenz in 1958. (Pho-to: KIT Archives)
Karl Steinbuch when he left the company of Standard Elektrik Lorenz in 1958. (Pho-to: KIT Archives)

Karl Steinbuch is deemed one of the founders of informatics. This year, the visionary of the digital age would have turned 100. Nearly 60 years ago, he became professor in Karlsruhe. At an early stage, he studied artificial intelligence and attracted attention as a futurologist who made surprising prognoses. For instance, he predicted that we would watch films and transmit text messages on portable mini computers after the year 2000. In October, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) invites to a celebration commemorating the controversial pioneer of the information society.




Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,600 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 23,300 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

mex, 13.10.2017


Monika Landgraf
Head of Corporate Communications, Chief Press Officer
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