2002 Kepler Award

Presented to: Dr. Günter W. Hein

Citation: For sustained and significant contributions to the development of Satellite Navigation.


Dr. Günter W. Hein studied Geodesy at University of Darmstadt, where he also received his PhD in 1976 in gravity gradiometry. After working several years as a research associate, he became a full professor of physical and satellite geodesy at the University of Federal Armed Forces Munich in 1983. His work in GPS had already started when he formed a research group that did pioneering R&D in the field of real-time kinematic GPS positioning and GPS/INS integration. For this work he and his team received a ION Best Paper Award from the ION in 1988. He has contributed to more than 200 scientific publications in Geodesy and Navigation, has received 90 research grants, was a Visiting Senior Scientist at the U.S. National Geodetic Survey, a visiting professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, at the University of Maine, and is a member of various national and international associations. He received Best Paper Awards in 1988, 1991 and 2000 from the U.S. Institute of Navigation. He is currently the European Technical Representative on the Institute of Navigation's Satellite Division Executive Committee, an instructor for Navtech Seminars, Inc. and Guest Professor in the Space Science Master Program of Delft University (Toptech Studies). He is also member of the Advisory Boards of GPS World and Galileo's World.