(Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization)
Born in 1959, in Rehau. He received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Bayreuth in 1989. In 1991, during his postdoctoral research at the University of California at Santa Barbara, he received a faculty position in experimental physics at Cornell University. From 1992 until 2005, during his tenure at Cornell he was a visiting professor at the University of California at San Diego (1999-2000). In 2003 he became a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and an Adjunct Director (2003-2005)/ Director (since 2005) at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization. He continues to have close ties to Cornell University, where he is Adjunct Professor of Physics and of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (since 2005).
Editor / Editor in Chief New Journal of Physics (2002-2004 / since 2005); Editor Physica D (2001-2005); Member at Large, Executive Committee of the Topical Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics of the APS (1999-2003); Member of the Cornell University’s Library Board (1998-2006); Co-Director Program on Pattern Formation in Physics and Biology, KITP, Santa Barbara (2003)