Pascual Jordan studied physics, mathematics and zoology at Gottingen where he became a Privatdozent (university lecturer) in 1926.
Jordan was one of a group of younger conservative physicists who mistakenly believed that they could temper the radicalism of the Nazis through co-operation.
From 1929 to 1944 Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Rostock, Jordan transferred to Berlin in 1944-5 and then to Hamburg where he lectured from 1947 to 1970.
In 1942 Jordan received the Max Planck Medal and his services as a war propagandist and ideologist were recognized by the Nazi regime.
Between 1957 and 1961, Jordan was a Christian-Democratic MP in the Bundestag, frequently calling for a return to the ‘true front spirit'. In 1965 he protested against the recognition of the Oder-Neisse Line as Poland's western border. In 1973 he wrote that ‘what the German people most urgently needs today is the overcoming of its national inferiority complex’ - complaining that every attempt to assert German self-confidence was immediately denounced as ‘faschistoid’.
Jordan himself was a frequent target of such attacks from the Left in the post-war period. Following his death in Hamburg in August 1980, the neo-Nazi Deutsche National- Zeitung described him as one of Germany’s ‘greatest minds’ and an authentic nationalist.