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Ludwigshafen, 26.12.2014


Hermann Luyken, Generation 13, Ref.Nr. 13-064a (BK0989) Branch WB-O

Born: 10.3.1959 in Cuautla, Morelos (Mexico)

Location: Ludwigshafen am Rhein (Rheinland Pfalz, Germany)

Occupation: Chemical engineer

Father: Hermann Luyken
Mother: Mireya Busitllos

Spouse: Gladys Umaña
Married: 29.10.1999 in Ludwigshafen am Rhein (Germany)

Children: None


Picton, New Zealand, 21.3.2003
Gladys and Hermann





Stammbaum Hermann Luyken



Hendrich Luyken
(ca. 1550-1607)


Hermann Luyken
(1589-1630)


Johannes Luyken
(1624-1691)


Daniel I Luyken
(1665-1724)



Daniel II Luyken
(1703-1784)


Daniel III Luyken
(1733-1807)


Arnold Luyken
(1766-1807)


Hermann Luyken
(1805-1888)



Otto Luyken
(1837-1916)

Hermann Luyken
(1872-1955)

Walter Luyken
(1901-1970)

Hermann Luyken
(*1930)

Hermann Luyken
(*1959)


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Biography Hermann Luyken

I was born on March 10th in Cuautla, a mid-size town in the state of Morelos in Mexico. My parents had moved there after marrying. After the birth of my brother Walter though, we moved back to Mexico City where I was raised.

We were raised bilingual. With our mother we spoke Spanish, with our father and his parents German. Among ourselves we preferred Spanish as our whole surroundings spoke so. We also went to the German school "Alexander von Humboldt" in Mexico City. There half of the classes were in German and half in Spanish. I spent my school time there from Kindergarten with 4 years up to the "bachillerato", the Mexican high-school.

Foreign countries always interested me. Therfore I wanted to go to university in a foreign country. Because of my provenience and because I have relatives in Germany the decision was easy. So I came to Karlsruhe (Germany) where I studied chemical engineering from 1979 to 1985.

My time at university wasn't easy at the beginning. I had left a lot in Mexico, my family, my friends and my roots. And this in spite of beeing half German. But with time I got used to Germany and learned to love this land. Now I like living here very much.

After finishing my study I was hired at BASF where I still work. BASF is a very big chemical company. Then, over 50 000 people worked at the company facilities in Ludwigshafen. From the beginning on I worked in the research and development area, at first as a technical support eingineer for experimetal plants and later in the process development. As of now I am working at the development of an intermediate in the production of polyamide (nylon), a resin that can be used for maufacturing garment filaments and is increasingly been used in the manufacturing of cars. I find my work very exciting as the task is varied and demanding.

Shortly after beginning working I met my later wife, Gladys. We married 1999.

As a child my parents gave me a chemical experimental kit for Christmas. This definitely formed me. I find everthing that has to do with chemistry extremely interesting. Because of this I became a chemical engineer.

Another passion of mine is travelling. On my first self-organized trip I was 16. Then I visited my uncle Hans in Canada together with a friend. We travelled by bus from Toronto back to Mexico City and visited cities such as Montreal, Boston, New York and Denver. Later, as a student, I was able to travel through several European countries as a knapsack-tourist. Since I have been working we have been able to afford farther destinations, even as our travelling style hasn't changed very much since my univeristiy times. As such we always travel on our own and stay at affordable hotels. During our trips we have met many nice people who where full of living energy. The nicest where those who had the least.

As a student I jobbed at the computer center of the university to help pay for my living. This was my first encounter with computers. Then there were no PC's and no internet but I soon learnt how to write computer programs and how a computer works. Since then I have a special interest on computers.

Another hobby of mine is playing guitar. Unfortunately I have almost no more time to do this. There is only a limited amount of time available and my job takes quite a bit of it so that many interesting things remain untouched.

And on the sports side I like swimming. I go every day and just feel great since I do it. When we travel one of my main concerns is if there will be a swimming pool where I can do my exercises.

At the meeting of the family association in Bensheim in 2005 I was elected protocol keeper of the family. I always have been interested in my genealogy. As a child I avidly read the Chronikblätter in Mexico. Then everything seemed far away and unreachable. Never would I think that I would participate in a family meeting or even contribute to the association. In order to bring the family members tighter together and to share the available information easier and better I decided to take advantage of the new technical possibilities and to build up this website.

Ludwigshafen am Rhein, 2.10.2005



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Picture Gallery Hermann Luyken


Cuautla, Morelos, Mexico, 1959
Mother Mireya, and Hermann


Cuautla, Morelos, Mexico, 1960


Mexico City, 1964
Hermann, Walter and Elisabeth


Mexico City, 1964


Mexico City, 1965


Hacienda San Francisco de Paula, Mexico, ca. 1965
Hermann, friends Adela and Dexter Clow,
Walter, Mireya, Hermann and Elisabeth


Hacienda San Francisco de Paula, Mexico, ca. 1965
Hermann and Walter


Mexico City, Februar 1967
Hermann, Elisabeth and Walter


Mexiko Stadt, Juli 1968


Isla Mujeres, Mexico, April 1971
Walter and Hermann


Sunday River, Maine, USA, 10.2.1976


Popocatépetl Volcano, Mexico, 21.5.1976
Hermann, Manuel González, Andrés Dehesa, Federico Holländer


Karlsruhe, Germany, 18.9.1981
Student job at the computer center


Agra, India, 23.3.1985


Köln/Löwenich, 14.5.1989
Walter and Hermann


Germersheim, Germany, 8.1989
Hermann, Elisabeth and Walter


Bangkok, Thailand, 10.1.1994
Hermann and Gladys


Ludwigshafen, 25.8.1998
At BASF


Ludwigshafen, 29.10.1999
Civil wedding


Kerikeri, New Zealand, 24.3.2003


New York City, 10.9.2003
Gladys and Hermann


San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
16.11.2005


Germersheim, 6.1.2006
Helga, Hermann, Mireya, Gladys and Hermann



Iguazú, Argentina, 17.11.2006

St. Jakobs, Ontario, 2.6.2007
Hermann and Hans


25.5.2008
Limburg an der Lahn
Hermann and Gladys

16.6.2009
Yarm, Großbritannien

15.5.2010
Amatitlán, Guatemala


22.11.2011
Sierras de Córdoba, Argentina
Hermann and Gladys

18.9.2012
Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA
Hermann and Gladys

24.10.2013
Kawaihae, Hawaii, Hawaii, USA


19.8.2014
Great Wall, Badaling, Beijing, China

28.10.2014
Los Angeles, California, USA
Gladys and Hermann


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Thoughts


• There is no reality, only the own perception.

• Life is an exciting matter.



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Links Hermann Luyken

Internal links
• Birth announcement, family bulletin 1960, page 305 (German)
• Census, family bulletin 1960, page 320 (German)

   Series "Mexico's Contribution to the European Cuisine"
• Avocado, family bulletin 1993, page 41 (German)
• Corn, family bulletin 1994, page 97 (German)
• Squash (zucchini), family bulletin 1995, page 137 (German)
• Paprika (chilli), family bulletin 1996, page 201 (German)
• Beans, family bulletin 1997, page 244 (German)
• Tomatoes, family bulletin 1998, page 342 (German)
• Vanilla, family bulletin 1999, page 418 (German)
• Cocoa, family bulletin 2000, page 478 (German)

• Website Luyken, family bulletin 2006, pager 199 (German)
• Remarks on the Luyken website, family bulletin 2007, page 207 (German)
• Speech at the golden wedding celebration of his parents, family bulletin 2008, page 275 (German)



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