Johanna Stachel

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Johanna Stachel, 2016

Johanna Stachel (born December 3, 1954 in Munich ) is a German nuclear and particle physicist as well as a university professor for experimental physics. She teaches at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg . At the CERN research center in Geneva, she is researching the “ quark-gluon plasma ” in experiments with the Large Hadron Collider ; She is also the spokesperson for the BMBF research focus ALICE . From 2012 to 2014 she was also President of the German Physical Society .

Research priorities

In her research, Professor Stachel focuses on understanding the collisions of atomic nuclei with ultra-relativistic energies. This means that the atoms collide at almost the speed of light , and the theory of relativity plays an important role. As part of the ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva , she is studying the quark-gluon plasma and researching the development of the detectors that make these experiments in particle physics possible.


The ALICE detector of the LHC at CERN.

Johanna Stachel went through high school 1972, Spohn-Gymnasium in Ravensburg, studied at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz until 1978 Chemistry and Physics, where he was in 1982 with the work of the neutron-rich Rutheniumisotope, a transition region between spherical and asymmetrical deformed nuclei to Dr. rer. nat. PhD. From 1983–1996 she worked, most recently as a professor, at SUNY at Stony Brook in the US state of New York and the nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory .

In 1996 she accepted a call to Heidelberg University . From 2003 to 2005 she was dean of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy at Heidelberg University. She continued to hold the office of Vice-Dean until 2012 and worked as a supervisory editor for Nuclear Physics A (Elsevier).

Since 2000 she has been the project manager of the "ALICE Transition Radiation Detector" project and is also on the board of the ALICE experiment.

For her two-year term of office from 2012 to 2014 as President of the German Physical Society, she also decided to promote the need for basic research and thus promote the appreciation of research. It was also important to her to promote physics lessons in schools. In this context, she also warned of the shortage of physics teachers in German schools. During her career she has given over 150 lectures at international workshops and conferences and has participated in over 100 seminars and colloquia.

Offices and honorary positions

Stachel was and is a member of numerous scientific advisory boards and committees. She sits on the supervisory board of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology , on the University Council of Heidelberg University and on the Advisory Board of the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation .

In 2011 Johanna Stachel was elected President of the German Physical Society for the 2012–2014 term .

From 2018 to 2023 she is a member of the University Council of the Technical University of Vienna .


Honorary membership

On March 28, 2014 she received honorary membership of the Physikalischer Verein . She is also the first woman to be awarded honorary membership in the physical association.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Prof. Dr. Johanna Stachel: Prof. Johanna Stachel. Retrieved March 8, 2017 .
  2. spohn line archive: Former Spohnler in the press
  3. Johanna Stachel is Einstein's heir . ( [accessed on March 8, 2017]).
  4. Heike Schmoll: Education policy: Problem case physics teacher . In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . April 1, 2014, ISSN  0174-4909 ( [accessed March 8, 2017]).
  5. ↑ for a detailed list see curriculum vitae on their homepage
  6. ^ Report from Heidelberg University
  7. University councils are almost complete now . Article dated April 30, 2018, accessed May 2, 2018.
  8. University Council Vienna University of Technology ( Memento of the original dated May 2, 2018 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . Retrieved May 3, 2018. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  9. ↑ Directory of members: Johanna Stachel. Academia Europaea, accessed on July 20, 2017 (English, with biographical and other information).
  10. Member entry by Prof. Dr. Johanna Stachel (with picture and CV) at the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina , accessed on June 11, 2016.
  11. Prize winners. Retrieved February 1, 2019 .
  12. Physicist Stachel honored: The champagne corks popped. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on April 13, 2014 ; Retrieved April 11, 2014 . 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. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /