In memoriam

In memoriam


Boris Petrovich Weinberg (Вейнберг, Борис Петрович) headed the Department of Physics at the Tomsk Institute of Technology (1909-1924).


Dieter Rogg was a well-known protagonist in the research and development of magnetic levitation systems in Germany, in particular the TRANSRAID system.


Dipl.-Ing. Karl-Hartmut Blesik passed away unexpectedly on November 8, 2006. He was one of the founders of the former German "Magnetbahnforum".


Gerhard Hugenberg was a pioneer in the development of maglev transportation systems in Germany.  In cooperation with German ministries, he succeeded in building the famous Transrapid test facility in Emsland, northern Germany.


Rolf "Tullum" Trauernicht was an entrepreneur and the founder of the Trauco Group. Rolf Trauernicht actively promoted a Trans-European Maglev network.

Germany, European Union

Dieter Spethmann (* March 27, 1926 in Essen, † February 1, 2016 in Dusseldorf) was a German lawyer and industrial manager. He was CEO of Thyssen AG.

Russia, Russian Federation

Prof. Dr. Anatoly A. Zaitsev was the State Minister of Railways of the Russian Federation and Chairman of the Scientific and Educational Engineering Cluster "Russian Maglev".

United States of America 

John Harding was the Chief Maglev Scientist for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

France / United States of America

Emile Bachelet was born in France in 1863. His invention is one of the premier and fundamental predecessors of the technologies surrounding modern electromagnetically levitated trains.


 Hermann Kemper (* April 5, 1892 Nortrup, Germany, in the district of Osnabrueck, † July 13, 1977) was a German engineer.

Russian Federation

Dr. Andrey Galenko was an electrical engineer and the chief designer of magnetic suspension transport with linear electric drive of JSC Engineering Scientific Center "TEMP".


Detlev Schubsky (1953-2006) was a sociologist and a public relations manager for the Transrapid project at the Emsland test facility in Germany.