Hermann Schweickert, born 1935 in Alzey, Rheinhessen, studied Engineering at Karlsruhe Technical University. 1959 he joined J. M. Voith GmbH in Heidenheim as a research engineer in the hydraulic test laboratory of the hydro turbine department. From 1964 to 1969 he worked as research assistant at the chair for fluid machines at Karlsruhe University, where he received his Doctorate in Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) in 1968. From 1969 until 1998 he held senior posts in design and sales again at Voith in Heidenheim, Business Division "Hydro Turbines". Following his professional career he went back to science for post-graduate studies at the Historic Institute of Stuttgart University, Department for Science and Engineering History, from 1998 until 2001, before he received his Doctorate in philosophy (Dr. phil.) in 2002.