Prometheus - Speeding up the Energy Transition
The flame is a central feature in TU Delft’s logo: it is the flame of Prometheus. In Greek mythology, Prometheus stole fire from Zeus and gave it to humanity. Fire enabled humans to create many of the things they needed to survive. After all, compared to the animals, they came of poorly at creation: no strength, no speed, no claws etc. Prometheus also taught them to build houses, to cultivate land, to construct ships, to acquire knowledge of herbs and minerals. As the founder of agriculture, construction, mathematics, navigation and metalworking, he came thus to be seen as the first engineer.
A fitting figurehead for TU Delft. Prometheus’ flame in our logo therefore symbolises knowledge, innovation and creativity. But his name is also symbolic: Prometheus means “he who looks ahead”. He was constantly trying to help humanity move forward. That is essentially what we do at TU Delft too: creating impact for a better society.