Prof. Dr. Claus Mattheck


EVENT: Claus Mattheck will give his last England lectures - maybe even his last lectures outside of Germany - in June 2018. The already well-booked seminar week is organized by  my trusty friends Helen and Mick Boddy from Symbiosis Consulting. For all details please click the link to Symbiosis! Have a safe trip!

NEW: YouTube Channel from Claus Mattheck 



is working on:











offers Seminars on:


·       Tree diagnosis using the VTA-method (Visual Tree Assessment)

·        Tree biomechanics

·        Failure analysis and failure prevention in engineering by shape optimization following the design rules of trees and bones






Prof. Mattheck’s English Books:

C. Mattheck, K. Bethge, K. Weber
The Body Language of Trees
Verlag KIT Karlsruhe, 2015 
C. Mattheck
Verlag Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, 2011 
C. Mattheck
Verlag Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, 2007
C. Mattheck
Verlag Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, 2007


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Verlag Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, 3rd enlarged edition 1999
C. Mattheck
Verlag Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, 2002
C. Mattheck
Verlag Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, 2004
C. Mattheck
Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, 1998
C. Mattheck. H. Kubler
Wood – the internal optimization of trees
Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2nd edition 1997
C. Mattheck
Trees – the mechanical design
Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, 1996 (out of print)
NEW RESEARCH: Posters of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT):
  • A most simple graphic way to reduce notch stresses by growth
  • Computer-free Design - Using the Method of Force Cones
  • Force Cones and Primary Points at the Torsion Anchor
  • Further Verification of the Method of Force Cones
  • Lightweight Design According to Nature
  • Example Topologies Found by the Method of Force Cones
  • Force Cones as Shaping Element in Leaves
  • Equivalence of Torsion Anchor and Force Cones in Root Biomechanics
  • Root Mechanics Based on "Thinking Tools after Nature"
  • Ideal-plastic yield zones and force cones in tree roots
  • Comparing Plastic Zones with Force-Cone Structures
  • A new multi-purpose tool for tree diagnosis

    Prof. Mattheck’s curriculum vitae and awards

    Claus Mattheck: born in Dresden, Germany in 1947. PhD in Theoretical Physics in Dresden in 1973, qualified to lecture in Failure Analysis at Karlsruhe University in 1985, and now lectures on biomechanics as professor. Head of department of Biomechanics at the Institute for Materials Research II of the Karlsruhe Research Centre, licensed consultant on the mechanics and fracture behaviour of trees, on wood decomposing fungi and on fatigue fractures in engineering components.
    Awarded the Science Award of the Industrial Research Foundation for the computer simulation of biological growth in 1991; the Literature Award of the Karl Theodor Vogel Foundation for technical journalists in 1992; the Georg Winter Award of the European Society for Biomaterials in 1993; honorary membership of the ISA Great Britain & Ireland in 1997; the Science Award of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences in 1998 (founded by the Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz Foundation); the Chadwick Award of the ISA for arboricultural  research in 1998; the Henry Ford European Conservation  Award (environment technology), the Inge & Werner Grüter Award for science journalism in 1999, the English Arboricultural Association Annual Award 2002, the Honorary Membership of the Urban Tree Diagnosis Association Japan 2003, the German Environmental Award 2003 and Honorary Advisor of the Urban Tree Diagnosis Association Japan 2008
    Claus Mattheck likes Staffordshire Bullterriers, big bore guns, bow and arrow, hiking and trees, trees, trees…. - His favoured materials are wood, leather and steel!