Walter Selke serves as a Professor of theoretical physics at the RWTH Aachen University. After having received his Doctoral degree at the University of Hannover, Germany, in 1975, followed by postdoctoral positions at the Saarland University, Cornell University and Boston University, he became in 1981 a Permanent Scientific Staff Member of Forschungszentrum Jülich. He held a similar position at the IBM Research Center Zürich, Switzerland, in 1985/1986, but he returned then to Jülich. Since 1996, he serves as a University Professor at the RWTH Aachen University. He is heading the Institute for Theoretical Physics of Phase Transitions. He is also, since 2008, engaged in the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA). His main field of expertise is statistical physics, with applications, especially, to magnetism and surface physics. He has published about 150 scientific papers in journals, conference proceedings, monographs and books, including many review articles. He has (co)organized several workshops and conferences, for instance, in the years 1988 to 1997, a series of meetings with physicists from the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, which took place alternately in Germany and Russia. From 1997 to 2000, he was member of the editorial board of the Journal of Statistical Physics. In the inaugural year 2008, he was named an Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society.
Biography Updated on 5 September 2011