Gerhard Haerendel#


Gerhard Haerendel
Email:hae 'at' mpe.mpg.de
Membership Number:919
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:GERMANY
Section:EARTH & COSMIC SCIENCES
Username:ghaerendel
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Present and Previous Positions
  • 1992-1996 Director of the MPE’s Aussenstelle (external laboratory) in Berlin
  • 1987 Honorary Professor at the Technical University, Braunschweig
  • 1972-2000 Director of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE)
  • 1969 Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics

Fields of Scholarship
  • Discovery of dayside boundary layers, small-scale reconnection events, high-beta plasma blobs in the magnetosphere and the in-situ confirmation of reconnection
  • Theoretical work:
    • motion of plasma clouds
    • formation of ionospheric irregularities
    • equatorial spread-F
    • ambi-polar diffusion
    • diffusion of trapped particles
    • wave-particle interactions
    • reconnection
    • boundary layers
    • auroral arcs
    • cometary interactions
    • origin of spicules
    • solar flares
    • gamma-ray production in neutron stars

Honours and Awards
  • 1982-1984 Chairman of the Council of the European Incoherent Scatter Radar (EISCAT)
  • 1989-2002 Vice-President of the International Academy of Astronautics
  • 1994-2002 President of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)
  • 2003-2007 Chair of the European Space Science Committee (ESSC) of the European Science Foundation
  • Theodore von Karman Award (2002)
  • Allan D. Emil Memorial Award (2007)
  • Jean Dominique Cassini Medal (2010)


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