Hans-Jürgen Appelrath was born in July 1952, and died on August 5, 2016.
He was a professor of computer science and information technology (IT) at the University of Oldenburg since 1987
Following his graduation from high school in Duisburg in June 1970, Appelrath studied mathematics and philosophy at the University of Bonn from 1970 to 1972.
Then, he enrolled in the diploma course (old German Diplom) in computer science with minor in mathematics at the University of Dortmund, which he successfully completed in March 1977.
Between 1977 to 1983, he was a research associate of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Dortmund in various industrial collaboration projects.
During May 1983, Appelrath was awarded his PhD by the University of Dortmund.
From 1984 to 1986, Appelrath was the senior lecturer and research group leader at the Department of Computer Science of the ETH Zurich, where he served as assistant professor of computer science in 1986.
Hans-Jürgen declined offers of professorship by the universities of Augsburg, Koblenz, Münster and Innsbruck, from 1986 and 2001
As of 1987, he became the professor of computer science and IT at the University of Oldenburg, and, since 1991, a board member of the IT institute.
Hans-Jürgen served From June 1992 to June 2005as Chairman of Offis institute.
He was Vice President for Research from 2009 to 2010 at the University of Oldenburg, and since June 2014, was acting Vice President.
Appelrath was the author and publisher of numerous textbooks and publications.
Appelrath was responsible for many, extensive third-party projects at the University of Oldenburg and its affiliated institute OFFIS, which employs about 280 Academic staff.
Appelrath was a member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech).
Hans-Jürgen Appelrath also sat on the Advisory Board of Institute of Computer Science at University of Zurich and Computer science Technology Center (TZI) at University of Bremen.
Also to that, Hans-Jürgen Appelrath was a member of supervisory boards of several companies and chairman of the Association of Cooperative Education in IT and Business, Oldenburg. (Berufsakademie für IT und Wirtschaft Oldenburg)
Hans-Jürgen Appelrath passed away at 64 years old.