Hans-Ulrich Schmincke

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Hans-Ulrich Schmincke (born October 21, 1937 in Detmold ) is a German volcanologist who is one of the world's most renowned researchers in this field.


Hans-Ulrich Schmincke passed the Abitur examination at the Leopoldinum Gymnasium in Detmold in 1957 and studied at the Universities of Göttingen , Freiburg , Aachen , Baltimore and Santa Barbara from 1957 to 1964 . He completed his habilitation in geology and petrology in 1969.

From 1969 to 1990 he taught at the Ruhr University in Bochum . In 1990 he took over the post of Director of the Department of Volcanology and Petrology at the Leibniz Institute for Marine Sciences (IFM Geomar) at Kiel University , which he held until his retirement in 2003.

From 1983 to 1991 Schmincke was Secretary General of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI). In 1987 he was one of the founding members of the German Volcanological Society .

He published his research results in the field of volcanism in 1986 in the book Vulkanismus , which over the years has developed into a standard work and has also been translated into English and Japanese. From 1985 to 1995 he was editor-in-chief of the international journal Bulletin of Volcanology . In addition, he published around 300 specialist publications.

In Germany he researched volcanism in the Eifel . Another focus of his work were the Canary Islands , where from 1965 he mainly researched on Gran Canaria . In 1993, Schmincke traveled to the Paektusan area on the China / North Korea border and made known about its eruption.

He has received national and international awards for his scientific research. In 1991 he received the highest German science award , the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation .

Awards (selection)


  • Vulcanism , 3rd revised edition. Scientific Book Society 2010, ISBN 978-3-89678-690-6 .
  • Volcanoes of the Eifel - structure, origin and today's importance , Spektrum-Akademischer Verlag 2009, ISBN 978-3-8274-2366-5 .
  • with Mari Sumita: Geological Evolution of the Canary Islands , Görres Verlag, Koblenz 2010, ISBN 3-8697-2005-0 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Der Spiegel, issue 27/2014, p. 110 ff.
  2. Gustav Steinmann Medal 2012 to Hans-Ulrich Schmincke ( Memento of the original dated February 11, 2013 in the web archive archive.today ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Geological Association e. V., accessed October 2, 2012  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.gv.de