Fritz Herlach was born in Düsseldorf, Germany. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1960 at the ETH Zürich (with Professors Paul Scherrer and Wolfgang Pauli), then worked as an Euratom official at Frascati, Italy, and was later appointed as a Full Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and as a Visiting Professor at The University of Tokyo. He is now Professor Emeritus at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and Consulting Professor at the Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China. Until his retirement in 1997, he developed and directed the pulsed field laboratory at K.U.Leuven and was active in the Euromagtech consortium of which he was a founding member. He organized several workshops on “Science in 100 tesla” and two conferences on research in high magnetic fields (HMF-88) in 1988 at Leuven and RHMF-2000 in 2000 at Porto. His research activities were focused on experiments on solid-state physics and elementary particle physics with extremely high magnetic fields, first with explosive-driven flux compression and later with capacitor discharges; in particular, he developed the exploding single-turn coil technique. His major recent publication is a series of three books High Magnetic Fields: Science and Technology (World Scientific 2003–2006).
Biography Updated on 1 December 2011