Manfred Fuchs awarded CEAS Gold Medal
Prof. Dott. Ing. h.c. Manfred Fuchs, founder and shareholder of European space and technology group OHB AG, has been awarded the Gold Medal of the Council of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS). At the Brussels Space Evening organized by the German Aerospace Industries Association (Bundesverband der Deutschen Luft- und Raumfahrtindustrie e.V. - BDLI), CEAS President David Marshall presented the award to Manfred Fuchs in recognition of his lifetime services to the space industry.
Prof. Rolf Henke, President of the German Aviation and Space Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt - DGLR), which is the main partner within the European CEAS, particularly stressed Fuchs’ commitment to encouraging science and technology: “In his many years of activity, which has also included a term of office on the DGLR Board, Professor Fuchs has particularly promoted scientific and technical advances and development of young talent. In addition, he has been a frequent and generous supporter of congresses and symposiums organized by DGLR in Germany and by CEAS at a European level. In awarding the CEAS Gold Medal, we are honoring a true example for others to follow in the aviation and space industry.”
Manfred Fuchs was born in Latsch, Italy in 1938. After studying aircraft engineering in Munich and Hamburg, he was employed as a development engineer at Hamburger Flugzeugbau and later as a space technology engineer at Entwicklungsring Nord (ERNO), Bremen. Key European space projects such as the European ARIANE 1 launcher, the Spacelab, the Columbus research module and various satellites were developed and executed with his involvement during this period. In 1981, he fulfilled a lifelong dream by going into business on his own and acquiring shares in OHB, Bremen, becoming managing shareholder of this company in 1985.
Today, Manfred Fuchs is a member of the Management Board of OHB AG, and chairman of the Supervisory Board of OHB System AG. He is additionally a member of the supervisory boards of CGS S.p.A., Milan, ATB GmbH, Bremen, and BEOS GmbH, Bremen.