Professor Dr.-Ing. (em.) José Luis Encarnação
José Luis Encarnação, born in Portugal, has been living in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1959. From 1975 he was professor for computer sciences at Technische Universität Darmstadt where he was director of the Interactive Graphics Systems Group (TUD-GRIS).
In the following years the INI-GraphicsNet (International Network of Institutions for advanced education, training and R&D in Computer Graphics technology, systems and applications) was developed under his direction
Professor Encarnação holds a diploma and received a doctor's degree in electrical engineering from the Technische Universität Berlin. He is author or co-author of more than 500 publications and scientific papers in internationally reviewed journals and prominent symposia. He is responsible editor of the Computer & Graphics magazine published by Elsevier Science. From July 2001 he was chairman of the ICT Group of Fraunhofer Society resulting from the fusion with GMD (Society for Mathematics and Computer Science, a total of 15 institutes with a staff of approx. 2500 and a budget of about 200 million of euros in 2001). From 1995 he was elected scientific reviewer of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).
Besides different honours Professor Encarnação was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit in 1983 and in 1995 the Cross of Merit, first class of the German Republic of Germany. Portugal awarded him the high Ordem Militar de Sant'Iago de Espada in 2001. He was awarded the honorary degree of Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Portugal (Dr. h.c.; 1991), of Universität Rostock, Germany (Dr. E.h.; 1996) and Universidade do Minho, Braga/Guimarães, Portugal (Dr. h.c.; 2002). He obtained the Kulturpreis (for science) of Hesse in 2000. In 2001 Professor Encarnação was elected full member of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Leibniz-Akademie). In 1989 he received the Karl-Heinz-Beckurts-Preis, in 1995 the Steven A. Coons Award of ACM-SIGGRAPH, in 1997 the Konrad-Zuse Medal of Gesellschaft für Informatik eV (GI), and in 2001 the Technology Award of Eduard-Rhein-Stiftung; all four awards for exceptional and very important technological and scientific achievements.