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A life for physics and music

Theo Geisel, Director at the MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization, founder of the Bernstein Center Göttingen and Professor for Theoretical Physics at the University of Göttingen, retired after 20 years of working in Göttingen.

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Professor Geisel was a pioneer in the field of nonlinear dynamics in the1980s. “If it hadn’t been for that, I might have quit physics and become a musician”. Music is still a great passion of the theoretical physicist. By far the greater part of his creative effort, however, flows into science. In 1994, he was awarded the highest German research award – the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Prize.Since 2008 Theo Geisel is Fellow of the American Physical Society and in 2009, he received the Gentner-Kastler Prize of the German Physical Society and the Société Francaise de Physique. Since 2013 Theo Geisel is a full member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Read the complete press release by the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization