Ulrich Lothar Albert Rohde was born in Munich on May 20, 1940. His maternal grandfather, the chemist Franz Fischer, invented the process for liquefying coal to produce fuels. His father Lothar Rohde studied physics in Cologne and Jena before establishing the Physikalisch-Technisches Entwicklungslabor Dr. Rohde & Dr. Schwarz (PTE) in Munich with his university friend Hermann Schwarz in 1933.
Today Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG is a global technology company with more than 10,000 employees, specializing in the fields of test and measurement, broadcast and media, cybersecurity, secure communications, and monitoring and network testing.
After completing secondary school (Abitur), Ulrich L. Rohde studied radio-frequency and communications engineering at the Technical Universities of Munich and Darmstadt. From 1965 to 1968 he worked as a development engineer with the United States Underseas Cable Corporation in Cologne. He then joined AEG-Telefunken in Ulm, where he worked in the military communications systems department from 1968 until 1974.
Since 1973 Ulrich L. Rohde has been a partner of Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG in Munich. He pursued his career mainly in the USA, however. He served as the president of the Rohde & Schwarz USA subsidiary in Fairfield, New Jersey, from 1974 to 1982. After that he joined the RCA Corporation in Camden, New Jersey, as a managing director responsible for the military communications division. From 1985 until 1997 he was the president of Compact Software Inc. in Paterson, New Jersey, a company that he also owned. At the same location, he established the Synergy Microwave Corporation in 1985. Today he continues to serve as the chairman of the supervisory board of that company and also as the president of the Communications Consulting Corporation in Marco Island, Florida.
Ulrich Lothar Albert Rohde was born in Munich on May 20, 1940. His maternal grandfather, the chemist Franz Fischer, invented the process for liquefying coal to produce fuels. His father Lothar Rohde studied physics in Cologne and Jena before establishing...