Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Hermann Nicolai

Director at Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics

Head of the division Quantum Gravity and Unified Theories


Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik

Am Mühlenberg 1
D-14476 Potsdam


Phone: +49 331 567-7216
Fax: +49 331 567-7297


Curriculum Vitae

Personal Data

Date of Birth: July 11, 1952
Nationality: German



German habilitation at Heidelberg University


PhD at Karlsruhe University

1975 Diploma in Physics, Karlsruhe University

Academic Appointments

Since 1997 Director at Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
(Albert Einstein Institute)
1988-1997 Professor (C4) of Theoretical Physics, University of Hamburg
1986-1998 Professor (C3) of Theoretical Physics, University of Karlsruhe
1979-1986 Fellow and staff member of CERN, Geneva
1978-1979 Assistant (Theoretical Physics), University of Heidelberg

Scientific awards/honours/memberships (selection)


Advanced Grant des Europäischen Forschungsrats (ERC)


Honorary Doctor of Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden


Gay-Lussac-Humboldt Prize

Since 2011

Member of the External Advisors Committee of the Theory Unit at CERN, Switzerland


Einstein Medal 2010, awarded by the Albert Einstein Society Bern, Switzerland

Member of the International Advisory Board of the International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry, Brussels, Belgium

Member (representative of the Max Planck Society) of the Conseil d´Administration of the Institute des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (I.H.E.S.), Bures-sur-Yvette, France

Speaker, International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Geometric Analysis, Gravitation and String Theory
Since 2006 Editor-in-Chief of the journal "General Relativity and Gravitation"
Since 2005 Member of the Governing Board of the School of Theoretical Physics, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Dublin, Ireland
Since 2005 Honorary Professor, Leibniz Universität Hannover
Since 1999 Honorary Professor, Humboldt University Berlin
1998-2003 Editor in Chief for the IOPP Journal "Classical and Quantum Gravity"


Member of the Editorial Board of "Communications in Mathematical Physics"


Member of the Scientific Council  DESY
1991 Otto Klung Prize for Physics


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