The Chair was founded in 1979 by appointing Prof. em. Dr.HartmutWedekind. After his retirement, Prof. Dr.KlausMeyer-Wegener was appointed in 2001 as the new head. From October 2001 to May 4th, 2020, he has been the head of the Institute of Computer Science 6 (Data Management). The procedure for his successor is currently underway. Till then Prof. Dr.RichardLenz is provisionally heading the Institute of Computer Science 6.
Since April 2007, the associated professorship is staffed with Prof. Dr.RichardLenz. 2019 it has been moved in the independent professorship for Evolutionary Data Management.