Frank Eisenhauer

Senior staff scientist

Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics

Giessenbachstrasse, 85748 Garching, Germany

Tel.: +49 (0)89 30000 3563

Fax: +49 (0)89 30000 3569


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Frank Eisenhauer is senior staff scientist at the Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics (MPE), Garching near Munich, where he is leading the development and science exploration of large astronomical instruments and experiments.

Two of them, SINFONI and GRAVITY, are part of the instrument suite employed in the discovery and characterization of the Galactic Center Black Hole, for which Prof. Dr. Reinhard Genzel and Prof. Dr. Andrea Ghez have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Eisenhauer was awarded the Tycho Brahe Medal from the European Astronomical Socety for his leadership of the SINFONI and GRAVITY instruments, and the Stern-Gerlach Medal of the German Physical Society (DPG) for his pioneering work in high-resolution infrared astronomy, which has revolutionized spectroscopic as well as astrometric studies.

Following his studies of physics at the Technical University of Munich, he started his Master- and PhD theses with Reinhard Genzel at MPE, where he continued his scientific career to date. Over the years his experimental focus moved from adaptive optics imaging, to integral field spectroscopy, and now optical/IR interferometry, always with the goal of ever better understanding of the physics of black holes and their environment.

Frank Eisenhauer is Adjunct Teaching Professor (Privatdozent) at Technical University of Munich, where he lectures astrophysics and high angular resolution astronomy.

Curriculum Vitae


Main instrument projects

Astronomy Projects



List of selected talks

Recent press releases

On the Galactic Center and other Black Holes

On Exoplanets any Young Stellar Objects


See also ESO press releases related to my work

Interviews and Blogs

In German


Frank Eisenhauer is Adjunct Teaching Professor (Privatdozent) at Technical University of Munich