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Walter Albin Erhard Greiner, German physicist. Named officier dans l'ordre palmes academique, 1999; recipient Max Born prize, Institute Physics, 1974, Otto Hahn prize, 1982, Alexander von Humboldt medal, 1998, 1st Degree Physical medal, Czech Physical Society, 2006, Lise Meitner prize, 2008, Lifetime Science Achievement award, Birla Science Center, University Hyderabad, India, 2009.


Greiner, Walter Albin Erhard was born on October 29, 1935 in Neuenbau, Germany. Son of Albin and Elsa (Fischer) Greiner.


Master of Science, University Darmstadt, Germany, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy, University Freiburg, Germany, 1961. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Witwatersrand, South Africa, 1982.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Beijing, 1990. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Tel Aviv, 1991. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France, 1991.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Bucharest, 1992. Doctor of Science (honorary), Kossuth Lajos University, Debrecen, 1997. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Nantes, 2001.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Jilin University, 2001. Doctor of Science (honorary), La Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, 2001. Doctor of Science (honorary), University St. Petersburg, 2002.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Dubna-Moscow University, 2002. Doctor of Science (honorary), Bogoliabov Institute Kiev, 2003.


Research assistant University Freiburg, 1961-1962. Assistant professor University Maryland, 1962-1964. Professor theoretical physics University Frankfurt, Federal Republic Germany, since 1965.

Director Institute Theoretical Physics, 1965—2000. Founding director Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, since 2002. Guest professor at numerous universities.

Adjunct professor Vanderbilt University-Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1975-2000. Honorary professor University Beijing, 1990. Permanent science consultant Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (with others) Nuclear Theory, Nuclear Models Volume 1, 1970, Excitation Mechanism of Nuclei Volume 2, 1970, Theory of the Nucleus Volume 3, 1972, 3d edition, 1987-1989, Theoretische Physik Vols. 1-14, 1974-1989, translated into English, French, Chinese, Japanese. Editor Journal of Physics, 1975-1989, International Journal Modern Physics, 1990^, Foundations of Physics, 1990^.


Member European Physics Society, American Physics Society, Eötvös Lorand Society Hungary (honorary), Academy of Sciences Romania (honorary).


  • Other Interests

    Music, mycology', fishing, walking.


Married Barbara Chun. Children: Martin, Carsten.

Albin Greiner

Elsa (Fischer) Greiner

Barbara Chun

Martin Greiner

Carsten Greiner