Rudolf Hartung was chairman and head of department of urology at the University of Essen (1981 – 1986), head of department of urology and chairman Klinikum Rechts der Isar Technical University of Munich (2006 – 2016 ). He retired 2006. He had a main interest in endourology, wrote many articles about teaching it and was among the first to transfer endoscopic surgery to a large auditorium. He although produced teaching movies and was highly engaged in improving high frequency surgery. His annual endourological symposia with live presentations for almost 20 years were a must for young urologists in Germany and were known and visited among Europe.