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physicist , researcher

Theodor Wolfgang Hänsch, German physicist, researcher. Achievements include research in spectroscopy and quantum electronics; development of powerful monochromatic pulsed dye lasers, techniques for high resolution nonlinear spectroscopy of atoms and molecules and for measuring the frequency of light; invention of a method of laser cooling.

Background

Hänsch, Theodor Wolfgang was born on October 30, 1941 in Heidelberg, Germany. Arrived in United States, 1970. Son of Karl E. and Martha (Kiefer) Hänsch.

Education

Degree in Physics, University Heidelberg, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, summa cum laude, University Heidelberg, 1969.

Career

Assistant professor Institute Applied Physics, University Heidelberg, 1969-1970. North Atlantic Treaty Organization research fellow Stanford University, California, 1970-1972, associate professor physics, 1972-1975, professor, 1975—1986, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, since 1986. Director Max-Planck-Institute Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany, since 1986.

Achievements

  • Achievements include research in spectroscopy and quantum electronics. Development of powerful monochromatic pulsed dye lasers, techniques for high resolution nonlinear spectroscopy of atoms and molecules and for measuring the frequency of light. Invention of a method of laser cooling.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Member editorial board Metrologia, 1975-1983, Springer Series in Optical Sciences, since 1998, Laser & Photonics Review, since 2007. Contributor articles to professional journals.

Membership

Fellow: American Physical Society (Herbert P. Broida prize 1983, Arthur L. Schawlow prize 1996), Optical Society America (honorary William F. Meggers award 1985, Frederic Ives Medal 2005). Member: National Academy of Sciences (foreign associate, Cyrus B. Comstock prize 1983), Academia Europea, Pontifical Academy of Sciences, German Academy Natural Scientists Leopoldina, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, Academy of Sciences, Institute France, European Academy of Sciences & Arts (honorary), Frankfurt Physical Society (honorary), Lincean Academy (foreign associate), German Physical Society (Stern Gerlach Medal 2000), American Academy Arts & Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, Bavarian Academy Arts & Sciences.

Connections

father:
Karl E. Hänsch

mother:
Martha (Kiefer) Hänsch