Prof. Dr. Matthias Weidemüller
Vice-Rector Innovation and Transfer
Matthias Weidemüller is Chair Professor for Experimental Physics at the University of Heidelberg and Director of the Heidelberg Center for Quantum Dynamics. After having studied physics, philosophy and history in Bonn and Munich, he worked with Serge Haroche (Nobel Prize 2012) at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (France) and, under the supervision of Theodor W. Hänsch (Nobel Prize 2005), at the Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching near Munich (Germany). In 1995, he received his PhD from the University of Munich. As a EU Marie-Curie fellow he went for two years to the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and the FOM-Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, before he took a position as independent group leader of the “Laser Cooling” group at the Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg (Germany). In 2003, he was appointed Chair Professor for Experimental Physics at the University of Freiburg (Germany), where he stayed until 2008, before moving to the University of Heidelberg. Since 2013 he is also directing a laboratory in Shanghai as professor at the University of Science and Technology of China in the framework of the 1000Talent-Plan of the Chinese Government. He is Fellow of the American Physical Society, was Chairman of the Division Atoms, Molecules, Quantum Optics and Plasmas of the German Physical Society from 2011 – 2015, and served as Dean of the Department of Physics and Astronomy between 2015 and 2017. He is engaged in the education of physics teachers and the dissemination of science to the general public. His scientific interests address fundamental questions of modern quantum physics on different levels of complexity, using modern methods of quantum control and quantum engineering.