Prof. Dr. Ernst Otto Göbel

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Since 1995, Ernst Göbel has been president of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany's national metrology institute, and since then he has been honorary professor at the Universität Marburg as well as at the TU Braunschweig. His current primary research interest is in metrology, in particular the use of quantum effects for the realisation of physical units and ultra-fast laser applications.

Ernst Göbel has long experience in teaching and supervision of PhD and diploma (master) students, from the beginning of the seventies until now, with many of his more than 40 former PhD students now holding leading positions in the industry or an university professorship.

Teaching experience covers beginner courses in physics up to specialised lectures in solid state physics, laser spectroscopy and precision measurements. He has been awarded several prizes, most notably the Max Born Prize of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (German Physical Society) and the Institute of Physics, London, in 1990 and the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Förderpreis of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German National Science Foundation) in 1991. Furthermore, he has been member of the "Comité International des Poids et Mesures (CIPM)" since 1997 and its president since 2004.


Scientific activity abroad: 1975 Holmdel, NJ, USA, Bell Telephone Laboratories (Post Doc); 1983 Campinas, Brazil, UNICAMP (summer semester lecturer); 1989 Holmdel, NJ, USA, Bell Telephone Laboratories (Sabbatical); 1994 Holmdel, NJ, USA, Bell Telephone Laboratories (Sabbatical)