Heinrich Völk - Curriculum vitae#


  • 12 December 1936 Born in Donauwörth, Germany December
  • 1961 Diploma in Physics at Luwigs-Maximilian-University (LMU) in Munich (Selfconsistent equilibrium solutions of the Vlasov equation)
  • 1962-1965 PhD student at LMUand Max Planck Institute for Physics und Astrophysics, Munich, with Arnulf Schlüter (Microscopic stability of plasmas)
  • July 64–July 65 Research Associate at Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP), Garching, Germany
  • July 1965 Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) in physics at LMU
  • Sept 65-Sept 66 Research Associate at Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics of MIT, Cambridge, USA
  • Sept 66-Aug 67 Assistant Professor at MIT, USA (Quasilinear theory)
  • Sept 67-Dec 74 Senior Research Associate at Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, (Ionospheric/magnetospheric physics, Solar Wind physics, Cosmic Ray physics, collisionless shocks)
  • 1973–1974 Research fellow at Enrico Fermi Institute, The University of Chicago (LASR), (Energetic particle propagation)
  • July 1974 Habilitation (Dr. rer. nat habil.) at Technical University Munich (TUM)
  • 1975–2004 Scientific Member and Director at Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg (Solar system formation, High Energy Astrophysics)
  • 1976-present Honorary Professor at University of Heidelberg 1982 Distiguished Visiting Professor at Dept. of Physics and the Enrico Fermi Institute, The University of Chicago, USA (Theory of shock acceleration) *1983-89 Editorial Board of “Space Science Reviews”
  • 1985-98 Co-Investigator ISOPHOT of ESA’s “Infrared Space Observatory” (Interstellar dust , star formation in external galaxies)
  • 1986-87 Chairman, Survey Committee, and Editor “Denkschrift Astronomie” of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Bonn
  • 1987-94 Chairman, European Space Science Committee (ESSC), European Science Foundation (ESF), Strasbourg *1988-present Member, Academia Europaea, London
  • 1992 Chairman, Visiting Committee Service d’Astrophysique, CEA, France 1991-92 Chairman, Presidential Commission “Astronomie”, Max Planck Society, Munich
  • 1996-today Fellow, Institute of Physics, London
  • 1997-2002 Co-Spokesperson, HEGRA experiment (High Energy Gamma-Ray Astronomy), La Palma, Spain
  • 2001-05 Coordinator, Laboratoire Européen Associé (LEA) for Gamma-Ray Astronomy at High Energies, between Max Planck Society, Munich, and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris
  • 2001 Victor Hess Memorial Lecture
  • 2001, 27th Int Cosmic Ray Conf. (Hamburg)
  • 2001-05 Chairman, Collaboration Board, H.E.S.S. experiment (High Energy Stereoscopic System) in High Energy Gamma-Ray Astronomy, Goellschau, Namibia
  • Since January 2005 Scientific Member Emeritus, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics
  • July 2005 Science presentation, on behalf of the H.E.S.S. Collaboration, of the H.E.S.S. project to the Grand Jury for the 2005 Descartes Prize for scientific collaborative research of the EU, Brussels March 2007 2006 Descartes Prize for scientific collaborative research of the EU awarded in Brussels to the H.E.S.S. Collaboration
  • January 2010 2010 Rossi Prize of the American Astronomical Society (together with Felix Aharonian, Werner Hofmann, and the H.E.S.S. Collaboration
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