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Prof. Dr. Joachim Ullrich

Professor Joachim Ullrich is Senator for the Research Field Information and President of the German Physical Society.

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Joachim Ullrich studied geophysics and physics at the University of Frankfurt, where he also received his PhD in 1983 and habilitated in 1994 with a thesis on recoil ion pulse spectroscopy.

From 1989 to 1997, he worked as a scientist at the GSI Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt. After stays at the Kansas State University and a visiting professorship at the University of Missouri, he was appointed to a chair of experimental physics at the University of Freiburg in 1997.

After serving as executive director of the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg from 2002 to 2006, he led the Max Planck Advanced Study Group at the Hamburg Center for Free Electron Laser Science (CFEL), where he also became Chairman of the Management Board in 2008.

From 2012 to 2022, Joachim Ullrich was President of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and in this position also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Helmholtz Fund. In April 2022, he became president of the German Physical Society (DPG).

He is also a member of the Executive Board of the German Institute for Standardization, the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), and the International Committee for Weights and Measures.

For his scientific work, Joachim Ullrich was honored among others with the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Förderpreis, the Philipp Morris Forschungspreis and the Stern-Gerlach-Medaille.

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