Dr.-Ing. E.h. Kurt Hain was born 1908 in Leipzig and died 1995 in Braunschweig. He was a pioneer of applied kinematics in Germany. He also visited American universities four times starting in 1957. He wrote 13 books and about 380 articles on nearly all partial fields of kinematics. This paper tries to give a complete survey of his lifework and describes a national research approach to preserve his heritage for future generations of mechanical engineers.

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