Wolfram Weise

Prof. Dr.

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

born February 14, 1946


Scientific work

Wolfram Weise is an internationally renowned scientist in the field of theoretical nuclear and particle physics. His main research focuses on the physics of the strong interaction (quantum chromodynamics, QCD). In his widely cited works he has achieved important results concerning symmetries and structure formation in the physics of hadrons and atomic nuclei, quark-gluon matter under extreme conditions as realized in the early universe and in high-energy nuclear collisions, and highly compressed matter in neutron stars. He is the co-author of influential monographs: "Pions and Nuclei" (1988) and "The Structure of the Nucleon" (2001).

Professor Weise studied physics and mathematics at the Goethe University of Frankfurt/Main up to master's level (1969), received his doctorate in 1970 and his habilitation 1974 at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen. After several years of research spent in the USA and at CERN, Geneva, he was appointed in 1976 as professor of theoretical physics at the University of Regensburg. In 1994 he was appointed professor of theoretical physics (chair for applied quantum field theory) at the TUM until becoming an emeritus professor in 2012.

Multiple invitations as visiting professor or visiting scientist led him to international research centers such as NORDITA in Copenhagen, the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, the Universities of Kyoto and Tokyo, the Institute for Nuclear Theory at the University of Washington in Seattle, the Center for Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) in Japan, amongst others. He has been a member of the editorial boards of several scientific journals (Physical Review Letters, Physics Reports, European Physical Journal, Lecture Notes in Physics), as well as a member of numerous advisory boards of national and international research centers and funding agencies. In the years 2000 - 2004, and again from 2012 until the end of 2015, Wolfram Weise served as director of the European Centre for Theoretical Studies (ECT*) in Trento, Italy.


Short biography

1965 – 1969 Studies in physics and mathematics, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt/Main
1970 Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.), Erlangen University
1970 – 1972 Research Assistant, Erlangen University
1973 – 1975 Research Assistant, State University of New York, Stony Brook, USA
1975 – 1976 Research Assistant, CERN, Genf
1976 – 1994 Professor of Theoretical Physics, Regensburg University
1987 – 1989 Dean, 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 (1999-2000)

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

Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics Advisory council, Kyoto University (2006-2014)

Nishina Center Advisory Council, RIKEN, Japan (2014)

Scientific Advisory Committee, Institut de Physique Nucléaire, Orsay, France (2015)

Program Comitee, Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC) (2012-2018)

Scientific Advisory Board, Helsinki Institute of Physics, Finland (2012-2020)



  • 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)
  • Visiting Professorships: Kyoto University (2017), The University of Tokyo (2019)
  • Medal of Merit of the University of Helsinki, Finland (2020)

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