Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser at
the building where he founded the
company in the summer of 1945.New York (May 20, 2010)—Just a few days after his 98th birthday, Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser, founder of Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG, passed away in Wedemark, Germany.
Through his company, Sennheiser influenced the development of sound transmission technologies and was instrumental in forging many ground-breaking developments in electroacoustics and transmission technologies.
Under his guidance, the first shotgun microphones and open headphones were created and he oversaw important developments in wireless radio and infra-red transmission.
Sennheiser reportedly took pride in giving his developers creative and technical freedom, and regularly took time to share his knowledge with students. In 1982, he retired from the management of the company, handing over to his son, Prof. Dr. sc. techn. Jörg Sennheiser, though he continued to take a strong interest in the company he founded in 1945.