Sighart Fischer

Prof. Dr. rer. nat.

Former Chair of Theoretical Physics
TUM School of Natural Sciences

born September 23, 1938


Scientific work

Sighart Fischer strongly influenced the fields of theoretical chemical physics involving high-speed dynamics and molecular biophysics in Germany. In particular, he was able to explain rapid oscillation relaxation processes in liquids that had first been measured in the Kaiser- Laubereau Institute. He also succeeded in interpreting the femtosecond lifetime of activated solvated electrons. He further developed the classic Marcus Electron Transfer Theory utilizing quantum mechanical characteristics of molecular oscillation and so improved the interpretation of charge transfer after photostimulation within photosynthesis. His name is also connected with the introduction of extended solitary conditions in aggregates, which considerably furthered the understanding of solitons. Since 1982, Sighart Fischer was almost constantly involved in the work of various Collaborative Research Centers in the German Research Foundation (DFG). He was a guest professor at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and initiated and intensified the exchange with the Kurchatov Institute in Moscow. For eight years he was a library trustee of the Technische Universität München. Since he was made professor emeritus, Sighart Fischer has been involved with ongoing research in the TUM Leonardo da Vinci Center for Bionics.


Short biography

1958 – 1963 Studies in Physics, University of Göttingen 
1964 Doctorate in Physics, University of Göttingen
1965 – 1966 Academic assistant, University of Göttingen
1966 – 1968 Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, USA
1969 – 1972 Lecturer and assistant professor, Northwestern University
1973 Associate professor, Northwestern University
1974 Full Professor, Northwestern University
1974 – 2006 Chair of Theoretical Physics, Technische Universität München


Memberships and awards

Member of the German Society for Biophysics

Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, USA (1970)

Smoluchovski Lecturer, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland (2007)


Research projects

Participant in the German Research Foundation’s Collaborative Research Center 143: Elementary processes of photosynthesis (1982-1993)

Participant in the German Research Foundation’s Collaborative Research Center 338: Adsorption on solid surfaces (1995-2001)

Spokesperson for the German Research Foundation’s Collaborative Research Center 377: Photoionisation and charge transfer in large molecules, clusters and in the condensing phase (2000-2004)

Participation in the German Research Foundation’s Collaborative Research Center 533: Photoinduced dynamics of biopolymers )


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