Heinz Maecker

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Heinz Maecker (left) at a conference of the German Physical Society (1966)

Heinz Maecker (born April 6, 1913 in Bromberg ; † April 4, 1999 ) was a German physicist and university professor.


After visiting the Johanneum zu Lüneburg, Maecker studied physics in Rostock, Munich and Kiel. Since 1932 he was a member of the Corps Visigothia Rostock. In 1938, he obtained his PhD from the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel. phil. with the dissertation: The continuous spectrum of the carbon arc . During the Second World War he researched the propagation of pressure waves in gases and liquids for the air force in Berlin-Gatow.

After the war, Maecker returned to Kiel, where he and his work group were able to generate a high-temperature plasma of 50,000 K for the first time. In 1951 he switched to plasma research at Siemens-Schuckert-Werken in Nuremberg.

In 1961 he was offered a chair at the Electrophysical Institute of the Technical University of Munich , which he held until his retirement in 1979. There he researched further basics of plasma physics ( fusion reactor ). In 1983 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Karlsruhe .


  • The continuous spectrum of the carbon arc ; Wiesenburg (Mark); Lewerenz, 1939
  • Quantitative detection of boundary layer waves in optics ; 1948 (Kiel, Phil. F., habilitation thesis)
  • Ion and atomic cross-sections in the plasma of various gases ; In Zeitschrift für Physik A , Volume 140, Number 2, March 1955
  • Principles of arc motion and displacement ; Proc. IEEE, vol. 59, pp. 439-449, Apr. 1971.
  • Unified Dynamicy and Thermodynamics of a Thermal Plasma ; 1998
  • Via a new form of discharge of the stabilized arc
  • Measurement and evaluation of arc characteristics (Ar, N₂) ; In Zeitschrift für Physik , v. 158, 1960, p. 392-404
  • Ionization phenomena in gases ; Année d'édition North-Holland 1962
  • The electric arc ; In Results of the Exact Natural Sciences , Vol. 25
  • The electric arc ; ISBN 978-3-00-023602-0 ; 2009


  • Süddeutsche Zeitung of April 9, 1999

Individual evidence

  1. Kösener Corpslisten 1960, 120/191
  2. ^ Obituary in the journal Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2000 (English).
  3. ^ H. Maecker et al .: The Electric Arc at Google Books

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