Manfred von Ardenne died on 26 May 1997 at the age of 90. The funeral took place in the chapel of Bad-Weißer-Hirsch cemetery. The theologian Klaus Peter Hertzsch gave the address before about 500 people who had come to pay their last respects. To the members of his family he left behind the results of a life rich in invention together with a famous name.
In Dresden, there is a "Manfred-von-Ardenne-Ring" and in Hamburg a "Manfred-von-Ardenne-Platz" in memory of the technological pioneer. A secondary school in Berlin bears his name and there is a "Manfred-von-Ardenne-Gewerbezentrum" in the "Innovationspark Wuhlheide" in Berlin. The “URANIA-Vortragszentrum" in Dresden holds an annual event on the day of the death of Dresden’s honorary citizen, and since 2002 the European Society of Thin Films has awarded the "Manfred-von-Ardenne Prize for Applied Physics".
The entrepreneurial spirit of the polymath is represented by VON ARDENNE Anlagentechnik GmbH, whose shareholders are Manfred von Ardenne’s descendants. The internationally successful company is today led by Robin Schild (CEO), Tino Hammer (CFO) and Hans-Christian Hecht (CTO).
The life’s work of Manfred von Ardenne in medicine is being carried on in the VON ARDENNE Institut für Angewandte Medizinische Forschung, which is led by Dr. Alexander von Ardenne.