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physicist , university professor

Ulf Leonhardt, German physics professor. Diploma in physics Germany, 1990.


Leonhardt, Ulf was born on October 9, 1965 in Schlema, Saxony, Germany. Son of Reiner and Ute Leonhardt.


Doctor of Philosophy, Humboldt University, Berlin, 1993.


In 2006, he published the first scientific paper on invisibility cloaking with metamaterials at the same time Pendry's group published their paper in the journal Science. He has been involved with the science of cloaking objects since then. He is a Wolfson Research Merit Award holder from the Royal Society, and he is currently Professor of Physics at the Weizmann Institute.

He is involved in research pertaining to metamaterials. Specific disciplines are quantum electrodynamics in media, perfect imaging, optical analogues of the event horizon, reverse casimir effect, metamaterial cloaking, quantum effects of optical phenomena involving Hawking radiation and Light in moving media. In 1993, Leonhardt earned his PhD (theoretical physics) from Humboldt University.

From 1998 to 2000 he was in Stockholm at the Royal Institute of Technology as a Göran-Gustafsson Fellow. He held the chair (theoretical physics) at St. Andrews in Scotland between April, 2000 and 2012. Since 2012 he has been a Professor of Physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science Awards and honors.


  • Professor Ulf Leonhardt is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is a recipient of the Otto Hahn Award of the Max Planck Society.

    In August 2009, the Royal Society's Theo Murphy Blue Skies award allowed Leonhardt to research a new theory for applying metamaterials to optical cloaking full time.


Married Irina Mueller, July 14, 1989. Children: Maria Elisabeth, Johann Maximilian.

Reiner Leonhardt

Ute Leonhardt

Irina Mueller

Johann Maximilian Leonhardt

Maria Elisabeth Leonhardt