Hans Peter Herrmann studied Mechanical Engineering with supplements in electrical engineering and economics at the Stuttgart Institute of Technology (Dipl. Ing.) and prepared a thesis on process measuring technology at the Technical University Berlin (Dr. Ing.). He led projects for development and planning of automation systems for oil and nuclear power stations at AEG, Berlin, of software for production in steelworks and rolling mills at Scientific Control Systems, Essen and for developing product divisions and strategic corporate planning as a manager at Fried. Krupp, Essen and Rheinhausen. He was a managing director at Franz Kessler, Bad Buchau, a manufacturer of electric machines, and subsequently, after the German reunification, of the Rothenberger Group at Forschungszentrum Maschinenbau, Chemnitz, and was also involved in technology transfer for machine tools to China and Taiwan. Today he manages his own company for railway technology and economics. Considering his other occupation, for his work in economics he has always used the pseudonym Blauw, after his great-grandfather, a beer-brewer and Royal Württembergian economy councillor.