Professor Petzoldt has Passed Away
Even though he retired from his position as a member of the Board of Management of SCHOTT in 1996, he continued to maintain his links with the glass community, offering wise counsel to subsequent presidents and making a valued contribution to the Strategic Planning Committee, formally authorised by Council at its 1999 annual meeting in Prague and empowered to develop a strategic plan for ICG.
His professional career centred on Schott which he first joined in 1964 as a graduate chemist. Subsequently he held important positions in research and development, manufacturing and human resources culminating in his appointment to the Schott Board of Management in 1988. Specifically the development of “Zerodur” glass-ceramic as a standard material for the mirror substrates used in large telescopes and “Ceran” glass-ceramic cooktop panels, the most successful product SCHOTT has ever had, are both linked inseparably with his name.
Professor Petzoldt was an internationally recognized authority in the field of glass. Apart from his service as President of the International Commission on Glass, he was Chairman of the HVG (Hüttentechnische Vereinigung der Deutschen Glasindustrie). His enormous contributions were recognized by his receipt of the ICG President’s Award in 1998, the Golden Gehlhoff Ring, the highest honour that the DDG (Deutsche Glastechnische Gesellschaft) bestows, in 1999 and the Federal Cross of Merit with Ribbon in 2000. (04/2011)