Born on 6th April, 1936 in Breslau,
Study of physics at Humboldt Univ. Berlin, in Göttingen and Hamburg, doctorate Univ. of Maryland (1963),
Setting up a Theory Group at the Max von Laue – Paul Langevin Institute in Garching (1967-1968),
Full Professor of Physics, Frankfurt Univ. (1968-1971),
External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute for Solid-State Research, Stuttgart (1970-1972),
Head of the Theory Group at the Inst. Laue-Langevin, Garching (1971-1974),
Director at the Max Planck Institute for Solid-State Research, Stuttgart (1972-1993),
Adjunct Professor of Darmstadt Techn. Univ. (since 1973) and of Dresden Techn. Univ. (since 1995),
Founding Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden (1993 - 2007),
President of the Asia Pacific Center for Theoret. Physics, Pohang (Korea) (2007 - 2013),
Distinguished Professor of Physics at POSTECH (Korea) (2007 - 2013).
Dr. phil. nat. h.c. Frankfurt Univ. (1985),
Regent Lecturer of the Univ. of California, Los Angeles (1988),
Dr. sc. h.c. Univ. of Waterloo, Canada (1998),
Founding Member of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (former Preussische Akademie der Wissenschaften) (since 1993),
Member of the Leopoldina - National Academy of Sciences, Halle (since 1995),
Corresp. Member of the Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Saxonian Academy of Sciences), Leipzig (since 1998),
Member of the Deutsche Akademie f. Technikwissenschaften (acatech) (since 2002),
Professor E.h., Inst. of Low Temp. Struct. Research, Polish Acad. Sciences, Wrocław (2005),
Leibniz Medal of IFW, Dresden (2006),
Order of Merit of the Free State of Saxony (2007),
Honorary Member of the Research Center Dresden-Rossendorf (2009),
Tsungming Tu Award of the National Science Council of Taiwan (2009),
Marian-Smoluchowski-Emil-Warburg-Award of the German and Polish Physical Societies (2011),
Honorary President of the Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics, Pohang (Korea) (2013),
Honorary Citizen of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Korea (2014).
Honorary Citizen of Pohang, Korea (2016).
Member of the Board of the German Physical Society (1970 – 1974),
Member of the Science Council of the Federal Republic of Germany (1981 - 1984),
Trustee of the Physical. Techn. Bundesanstalt (1982 - 2007),
Trustee of the German-Israeli Foundation (1991 - 2002),
Member of the Science Council of the Free State of Saxony (1996 - 2000),
Trustee of the Research Center Dresden-Rossendorf (2000 - 2008),
Chairman of the Chemistry Physics Technology Section of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (2000 - 2003),
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (2005 - 2009).
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Korean Institute for Advanced Studies (KIAS) (since 2011).
Chairman of the Selection and Evaluation Committee of the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), Korea (2012 - 2015).
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the IBS, Korea (since 2012).