Armin Grunwald studied physics at the universities Münster and Cologne, 1984 diploma, 1987 dissertation on thermal transport processes in semiconductors at Cologne university, 1987-1991 software engineering and systems specialist, studies of mathematics and philosophy at Cologne university, 1991-1995 scientist at the DLR (German Aerospace Center) in the field of technology assessment, 1996 vice director of the European Academy Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, 1998 habilitation at the department of social sciences and philosophy at Marburg university with a study on culturalistic planning theory.
Since October 1999 director of the institute for Technology Assessment and systems analysis (ITAS) at the research center Karlsruhe and professor at the university of Freiburg. Since 2002 also director of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB).
In 2007 move of the university chair to Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Working areas: theory and methodology of technology assessment, ethics of technology, philosophy of science, approaches to sustainable development.