Prof. Dr. h.c. Viktor Dulger dies at the age of 80
The founder and chair of the supervisory board of ProMinent GmbH, Prof. Dr. h.c. Viktor Dulger, died on Monday, 21 March 2016 at the age of 80.
With the invention of an electronic solenoid driven metering pump in 1968, Viktor Dulger paved the way for the minimisation of chemical consumption in water treatment and numerous industrial processes. It also signalled the start of the company's rise to a leading international position. Today the ProMinent group is one of the largest enterprises in the German Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, with 2,500 employees based at 12 production sites and 55 sales and service organisations – worldwide.
Social responsibility was always extremely important to Prof. Dr. h.c. Viktor Dulger and the rest of his family. For decades the family has supported numerous social establishments and institutions working in the areas of technology and science, as well as groups and charitable projects such as the German Centre for Music Therapy Research (known since 1997 as the Viktor Dulger Institute), Heidelberg University, foundation marking the 600th anniversary of Heidelberg University and numerous associations such as the Heidelberger Hauspflegeverein (local home care association) and sports clubs. Every year the Viktor-und-Sigrid-Dulger-Foundation awards prizes for the best dissertation in the field of environmental technology, outstanding work by early career researchers or the best graduates.
Viktor Dulger's life's work was recognised in many ways during his lifetime. He was made an honorary professor of Heidelberg University of Applied Sciences and was presented with the Richard Benz Medal by the City of Heidelberg for services to the arts and sciences. He received the Rudolf Diesel Medal in gold from the Diesel board of trustees for outstanding work in the field of metering technology and water treatment. The Rhine-Neckar Chamber of Commerce and Industry awarded him the Grand Service Medal in gold with diamond for services to the Rhine-Neckar business community. Viktor Dulger received special acclaim for his achievements through the Cross and Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Service Medal of the State of Baden-Württemberg and, abroad, as Honorary General Consul of the Republic of Malta, honorary professor of the Technical University of Dalian, China and Overseas Merchant Consultant for Liaoning Province, China.