Prof. Dierk Raabe is senator of the Helmholtz Association for the Research Field Key Technologies and director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung in Düsseldorf.
Having initially started studies in music, he went on to study metallurgy and metal physics at RWTH Aachen, receiving his diploma there in 1990 and his doctorate in 1992. He worked as staff scientist and group leader at the Institute for Metal Physics, RWTH Aachen from 1992 to 1997, and qualified as a university lecturer (Habilitation) in 1997. With a Heisenberg fellowship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), he worked as a visiting scientist in the US from 1997 to 1999, first at the Department for Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, and then at US National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, Florida. Since 1999 Dierk Raabe has been director and scientific member at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung and is professor at RWTH Aachen.
He is active on numerous committees and boards of science organisations. Amongst others he has held the following offices: member of selection board of the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship programme; member of the Science Advisory Board of the German Government (Wissenschaftsrat) from 2010 to 2016; member of the National Academy Leopoldina since 2013; member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) since 2016. Raabe is currently also chairman of the board of governors (Hochschulrat) of RWTH Aachen University.