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Prof. Hon.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hon.DSc. Wilfried J. Bartz: an obituary

We have just learned that Prof. Hon.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hon.DSc. Wilfried J. Bartz passed away on 31 December 2023 at the age of 89.

Prof. Hon.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hon.DSc. Wilfried J. Bar

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Photo of Prof. Hon.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hon.DSc. Wilfried J. Bartz

Prof Bartz, one of the co-founders and pioneers of modern tribology - the teaching and research of friction and wear - represented the teaching of tribology at the Institute of Machine Elements at the Faculty of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at TU Wien for many years.

In addition to being very clear and understandable, he was particularly interested in practical relevance, demonstrating the importance of tribology for machine elements and the topic of lubrication.

In addition to many awards, publications and books, his research work was recognised in particular by the award of the "Tribology Gold Medal", which was presented to him personally by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Buckingham Palace in London in 2001. The Tribology Gold Medal is the highest honour awarded in tribology worldwide.

Prof Bartz was also head of the Technical Academy Esslingen (TAE) for many years.

From 2016, his teaching at the Vienna University of Technology was transferred to Prof Carsten Gachot as part of the endowed professorship in tribology. Thanks to Prof Bartz, the endowed professorship and the continuation of the endowed professorship due to its convincing results during the endowment phase, tribology has a permanent place at the Institute of Engineering Design and Product Development and in the Institute of Engineering Design and the faculty. Professor Bartz made a significant contribution to this.

We will always honour Prof. Bartz's memory.