Prof. Dr. Theo Geisel
Theo Geisel
Emeritus scientific member

Phone: +49 551 5176-400
Fax: +49 551 5176-102

Prof. Dr. Theo Geisel

Curriculum Vitae

Born on August 24, 1948 in Limburg/Lahn. Studies of physics and mathematics Univ. Frankfurt/M. and Regensburg, doctorate (1975), German Habilitation (1982), postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research (1976-1977) and Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (1978-1979), Heisenberg Fellow (1983-1987), Professor University of Würzburg (1988-1989), Professor University of Frankfurt (1989-1996), Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (since 1996) (formerly MPI for Flow Research), Professor University of Göttingen (since 1996). Emeritus since October 01, 2016.

Scientific Awards, Honors, Memberships

Heisenberg Fellow (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, 1983)
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, 1994)
Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS, 2008)
Gentner-Kastler Prize (Société Française de Physique and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, 2009)


Nonlinear dynamics and applications in mesoscopic systems and computational neuroscience
Pattern formation in the development of the visual cortex
Neuronal synchronization and complex networks
Spatiotemporal dynamics of epidemics
Chaos and quantum chaos
Transport in semiconductor nanostructures

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