Wolfram Weise

Prof. Dr.

TUM Department of Physics
Former Professor of Theoretical Physics (applied quantum field theory)

born February 14, 1946


Scientific work

Wolfram Weise is an internationally renowned scientist in the field oftheoretical nuclear and particle physics, whose main research focuslies on the theory of strong interaction (quantum thermodynamics,QCD). His works are widely cited, and he has achieved important results whilstresearching questions relating to symmetries and structure formation in thephysics of hadrons and the atomic nuclei, on studies of quark-gluon matterunder extreme conditions as realized in the early universe, and in high-energynucleus-nucleus collisions, as well as researching highly compressed matterwithin neutron stars. He is the co-author of influential monographs: “Pions andNuclei” (1988) and “The Structure of the Nucleon” (2001). Professor Weisestudied physics and mathematics up to master’s level (1969) at the JohannWolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, gained his doctorate in 1970, andhabilitated in 1974 at Erlangen University. After taking two sabbatical years forresearch purposes in the USA and at CERN, in 1976 he found his calling as aprofessor at the University of Regensburg. From 1994 onwards, he was a professorfor theoretical physics at the TUM until becoming an emeritus professorin 2012. Prolonged research stays and visiting professorships resulted in hisvisiting, amongst other places, Kyoto University, the Argonne National Laboratorynear Chicago, the Institute for Nuclear Theory (INT) and the University ofWashington in Seattle, USA, as well as the Institute for Physical and ChemicalResearch (RIKEN) in Japan. He has been a member of the editorial boards ofseveral scientific journals (Physical Review Letters, Physics Reports, Zeitschriftfür Physik, European Physical Journal, Lecture Notes in Physics), as well as amember of numerous advisory boards and committees of national and internationalresearch centers. In the years 2000-2004, and again from 2012 until theend of 2015, Wolfram Weise was the director of the European Centre for TheoreticalStudies (ECT*) in Trento.


Short biography

1965 – 1969Studies in physics and mathematics, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt/Main
1970Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.), Erlangen University
1970 – 1972Research Assistant, Erlangen University
1973 – 1975Research Assistant, State University of New York, Stony Brook, USA
1975 – 1976Research Assistant, CERN, Genf
1976 – 1994 Professor of Theoretical Physics, Regensburg University
19871989Dean, Faculty of Physics, Regensburg University
1994 – 2012 Professor of Theoretical Physics, TUM
2000 – 2004/ 2012 – 2015  Director, European Center for Theoretical Studies in Nuclear Physics and Related Areas (ECT*),Trento, Italy


Memberships and honors

PSSC (Proton Synchrotron & Synchro Cyclotron) CERN Committee (1982-1984)

GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research Scientific Advisory Board (1998-2000), Chairman of the scientific advisory board Rats (1999-2000)

National Research Centre INFN Frascati Scientific Committee, Italy (2003-2009)

Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics Advisory council, Kyoto University (since 2006)

Japanese Proton Accelerator Research Complex Program Committee (J-PARC) (since 2012)

Helsinki Institute of Physics Scientific Advisory Board, Finland (since 2013)

Institut de Physique Nucléaire Program Advisory Committee, Orsay, France (since 2014)

Nishina Center Advisory Council, RIKEN, Japan (since 2014)(Proton Synchrotron & Synchro Cyclotron) Committee des CERN (1982-1984)



  • A. v. Humboldt - J. C. Mutis Prize by the Spanish Ministry of Science (1995)
  • Professor Adjunctus, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (NORDITA), Kopenhagen (1991-2006)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellow Award (JSPS) (2002)
  • Giulio Racah Memorial Lecturer, Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel (2007)
  • Emilio Segré Distinguished Lecturer, Tel Aviv University (2010)

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