Hermann Kärner was born in 1932. After studies in Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Munic he graduated as Dipl-Ing in 1957 and was promoted Dr Ing in 1967 within the field of high voltage engineering. During 1967-77 Dr Kärner was managing director of the Insulators (Porcelain & Polymers) Division of Rosenthal Technik AG. In 1977 he was appointed Professor at the Technical University of Braunschweig. Since 1993 he is Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at the university.
Hermann Kärner has played an important role in the development of the resources and academic competence in his field at the Technical University of Munich.
At Rosenthal Technik AG Dr Kärner led succesful pioneer work introducing the use of polymeric metarials, especially silicone rubbers, as a substitute for glass and porcelain. Today polymeric insulators are on the way to replacing the ceramic ones.
Hermann Kärner still, with unfailing enthusiasm, continues his research in a broad field achieving excellent results which are internationally recognized. He has also actively participated in international work, especially within the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) and the International Conference on Large High Voltage Electric Systems (CIGRE) from which he received the Technical Committee Award in 1994.