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Astronomer , university professor

Reinhard Genzel, German astrophysicist, educator. Recipient Otto Hahn medal, Max-Planck Society, 1979, Presidential Investigator award, 1983, Newton Lacy Pierce prize, American Astronomical Society, 1986, Leibniz prize, German Science Foundation, 1990, de Vaucouleurs medal, University Texas Austin, 2000, Janssen prize, 2001, Balzan prize, 2003, Shaw prize in astronomy, 2008.


Genzel, Reinhard was born on March 24, 1952 in Bad Homburg, Germany.


Genzel studied physics at the University of Freiburg and the University of Bonn where he did his PhD in 1978 and, in the same year, his PhD thesis on radioastronomy at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy.


Postdoctoral researcher Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978—1980. Miller fellow University California, Berkeley, 1980—1981, associate professor, 1981—1985, part-time professor, since 1999. Director Max-Planck Institute Extraterrestrial Physics, Munich, since 1986.

Honorary professor Ludwig-Maximilian University.


  • Miller Research Fellowship, 1980–1982\r\nOtto Hahn Medal, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, 1980\r\nPresidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation, 1984\r\nNewton Lacy Pierce Prize, American Astronomical Society, 1986\r\nGottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, 1990\r\nDe Vaucouleurs Medal, University of Texas, 2000\r\nPrix Jules Janssen, French Astronomical Society, 2000\r\nStern Gerlach Medal for experimental physics, Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, 2003\r\nBalzan Prize for Infrared Astronomy, 2003\r\nAlbert Einstein Medal, 2007\r\nShaw Prize, 2008\r\n"Galileo 2000" Prize, 2009\r\nKarl Schwarzschild Medal, Deutsche Astronomische Gesellschaft, 2011\r\nCrafoord Prize, Royal Swedish Academy, 2012\r\nTycho Brahe Prize, European Astronomical Society, 2012\r\nHarvey Prize, Technion Institute,Israel, 2014 \r\nHerschel Medal, Royal Astronomical Society, 2014.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to science journals.


[Royal Society; German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. French Academy of Sciences. National Academy of Sciences.

Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Academia Europaea]\r\nHe became Scientific Member of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in 1986, and director at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching and lectured at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München where he has been honorary Professor since 1988. Member of the US and German Astronomical and Physical Societies\r\n Foreign member of the United States National Academy of Sciences, 2000\r\n Foreign member of the Académie des Sciences (Institut de France), 1998\r\n Member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, 2002\r\n Member of the European Academy of Sciences, 2002\r\n Senior member of the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2003\r\n Foreign member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Sciences, 2011\r\n Foreign member of the Royal Society of London, 2012.