Prof. Dr. Gerhard Haerendel


Main Focus

Prof. Haerendel has more than 50 years of experience in space research, including the function of P.I. of several international rocket and satellite projects such as PORCUPINE, Coloured Bubbles, AMPTE, CRRES, FREJA, and EQUATOR-S and as Co.I. on two instruments of the Rosetta mission. The sounding rocket work pioneered the application of the barium plasma cloud technique to various aspects of plasma and magnetospheric physics, e.g. confirmation of auroral acceleration and Alfven’s critical ionization velocity effect, culminating in the creation of artificial comets in 1984 and 1985.

Curriculum Vitae

Born in 1935, he received his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Physics from the University of Munich in 1963. In 1969 he became Fellow (Wissenschaftliches Mitglied) of the Max-Planck-Institut für Physik und Astrophysik and in 1972 Director at the Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (MPE), from which he retired at the end of 2000.

For his full CV, please see the link in the left-hand column.

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