Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Hermann Nicolai

Director emeritus at Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics


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



German habilitation at Heidelberg University


PhD at Karlsruhe University

1975Diploma in Physics, Karlsruhe University

Academic Appointments

Since 8/2020Director emeritus at Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
(Albert Einstein Institute)
1997-2020Director at Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
(Albert Einstein Institute)
1988-1997Professor (C4) of Theoretical Physics, University of Hamburg
1986-1988Professor (C3) of Theoretical Physics, University of Karlsruhe
1979-1986Fellow and staff member of CERN, Geneva
1978-1979Assistant (Theoretical Physics), University of Heidelberg

Scientific awards/honours/memberships (selection)


Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (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 2006Editor-in-Chief of the journal "General Relativity and Gravitation"
Since 2005Member of the Governing Board of the School of Theoretical Physics, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Dublin, Ireland
Since 2005Honorary Professor, Leibniz Universität Hannover
Since 1999Honorary Professor, Humboldt University Berlin
1998-2003Editor 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
1991Otto Klung Prize for Physics
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