Prof. Bernard Schutz

Former Director

Main Focus

Bernard Schutz is one of the founding directors of the MPI for Gravitational Physics. As director of the Astrophysical Relativity department from 1994 until his retirement in 2014 he played a major role in building up the Institute. Bernard Schutz has developed important principles for the observation of the universe with gravitational waves and plays a leading role in the development of both earth-based and space-based gravitational wave observatories. He pioneered the use of supercomputers to solve Einstein's field equations and study black holes. He founded the world-leading open-access journal family Living Reviews and has become well known for his contributions to physics education and outreach.


Curriculum Vitae

Education

1972 PhD in Physics, California Institute of Technology
1967-1971 Graduate student in Physics at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA
1967 B.S. in Physics, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, USA
1964-1967 Undergraduate student in Physics at Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, USA (at that time called Clarkson College of Technology)

Academic Appointments

Since 2016
Adjunct Professor of Physics at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
2015-2017
Director, Data Innovation Research Institute, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
Since 2014
Member, Gravity Exploration Institute, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
2014-2020 Director Emeritus at Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
(Albert Einstein Institute)
1995-2014 Director at Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
(Albert Einstein Institute), Head of the division Astrophysical Relativity
1985-Present Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, Wales, UK
(until 1995 full-time, since then part-time).
1974-1985 Lecturer and Reader in Applied Mathematics and Astronomy,
Cardiff University, Wales, UK (at that time called University College,
Cardiff)

Honors and Awards

2013 Fellow, International Society of General Relativity and Gravitation
2011 Member, Learned Society of Wales
2011 Honorary D.Sc., University of Glasgow
2009 Honorary Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society
2006 Member, Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina
2006 Amaldi Gold Medal of the Italian Society for Gravitation (SIGRAV)
2005 Member, Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, Uppsala

Fellow, Institute of Physics (UK)

Fellow, American Physical Society

Professional Societies

  • Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society
  • Member, Learned Society of Wales (2011)
  • Fellow, International Society of General Relativity and Gravitation (2013)
  • Member, Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft
  • Member, International Astronomical Union
  • Member, COSPAR (Fundamental Physics section)
  • Member, Society of Sigma Xi
  • Member, International Society of General Relativity and Gravitation

Current Academic Activities and Responsibilities

2011- Member, Science Working Team, European LISA project (eLISA)
2011- Member, Editorial Board, Physical Review X
2004- Member, Executive Committee, LIGO Scientific Collaboration
2003- Member, Gravitational Wave International Committee
2002- Honorary Professor of Physics, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
1998- Honorary Professor of Physics, Potsdam University, Potsdam, Germany
1998- Founder and Editor in Chief: Living Reviews in Relativity (MPI for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam, Germany).
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