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Volker Schönfelder

Volker Schönfelder, German physicist. Achievements include introduction of the "Compton-Telescope" as a new instrument for gamma ray astronomy; first complete sky survey of the MeV-gamma ray sky with the space telescope COMPTEL on board National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Compton gamma ray observatory.

Background

  • Schönfelder, Volker was born on October 5, 1939 in Barmstedt, Germany. Son of Karl-Heinz and Irma (Rickert) Schönfelder.

  • Education

    • Diploma in Physics, University Kiel, Germany, 1966. Dr rer nat, Technology University Munich, 1970. Dr rer nat habil, Technology University Munich, 1979.

    Career

    • Research scientist Max-Planck Institut Extraterrestrische Physik, Garching, Germany, 1970-1982, head gamma ray astronomy group Germany, 1982—2004. Adjunct professor experimental physics Technology University Munich, 1995—2004. Member astronomy working group European Space Agency, Paris, 1976—1978.

      Member GRO Science Team National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, 1978—2000. Member Gutachter Ausschuss Deutsche Agentur Raumfahrtangelegenheiten GmbH, Bonn, Germany, 1990—2001. Member Integral Science Team European Space Agency, Noordwijk, Netherlands, 1995—2004.

      Principal investigator Compton Telescope National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Deutsche Agentur für Raumfahrtangelegenheiten, Washington and Bonn, 1978—2000. Co-principal Investigator Spektrometer INTEGRAL, 1995—2004.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include introduction of the "Compton-Telescope" as a new instrument for gamma ray astronomy. First complete sky survey of the MeV-gamma ray sky with the space telescope COMPTEL on board National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Compton gamma ray observatory.

    Works

    • Co-editor Experimental Astronomy, since 1988. Editor: The Universe in Gamma Rays, 2001. Contributor 621 articles to professional journals.

    Connections

    • Married Bärbel Maylahn, March 11, 1966. Children: Stefan, Matthias, Daniel.
    • father: Karl-Heinz Schönfelder
    • mother: Irma (Rickert) Schönfelder
    • spouse: Bärbel Maylahn
    • children: Stefan Schönfelder
    • Matthias Schönfelder
    • Daniel Schönfelder
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    Born October 5, 1939
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    • 1966
      University Kiel
    • 1970
      Technology University Munich
    • 1979
      Technology University Munich
    • 1970 - 1982
      Research scientist, Max-Planck Institut Extraterrestrische Physik
      Garching, Bayern, Germany, Germany