Gerhard Schäfer

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany


Gerhard Schäfer works at the Institute of Theoretical Physics, Friedrich-Schiller University (FSU), Jena, Germany. In 1972, he received a Diploma in physics from the University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany. In 1976, he got his Ph.D. degree from the University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany, and his Habilitation degree in 1983 from the same university. From 1986 to 1991, he was a Heisenberg Scholarship Holder of the German Research Foundation (DFG Bonn): Observatoire de Paris (1986 to1988) and Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics (1988 to 1991). From 1991 to 1996, he worked as a Researcher in Gravitational Theory, Max-Planck Society (MPG Munich). From 1997 to 1999, he served as an Acting Professor in Astrophysics and in Theoretical Physics, FSU, Jena, Germany, and in 1999, he worked as an Adjunct Professor in the same university. From 2003 to 2013, he served as an Acting Director at the Institute of Theoretical Physics, FSU, and as a Deputy Speaker in the Collaborative Research Center “Gravitational Wave Astronomy” (SFB/TR7, DFG Bonn). From 2005 to 2014, he is the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, and from 2011 to 2013, the Dean of Student Affairs, Department of Physics and Astronomy, FSU. His research interests are in relative astrophysics, gravitational theory, and approximate analytic solutions of the Einstein field equations.

Biography Updated on 13 June 2013

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