Metin Tolan

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Metin Tolan, Professor of Experimental Physics at TU Dortmund

Metin Tolan (born March 27, 1965 in Oldenburg in Holstein ) is a German physicist , professor of experimental physics at the Technical University of Dortmund and science cabaret artist.


Tolan was born in northern Germany in 1965 to a German mother and a Turkish father. From 1984 to 1989 he studied physics and mathematics at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel . In 1993 he completed his doctorate there in the field of X-ray scattering. Research stays in the USA followed before he qualified as a professor at Kiel University in 1998. In 2001 he took over the chair “Experimental Physics I” at the Technical University of Dortmund.


With the help of X-rays, he researches the behavior of interfaces of so-called “soft matter”, such as polymers , liquids or biomaterials. The Dortmund electron storage ring facility (DELTA) enables experiments with synchrotron radiation , a particularly intense type of X-ray radiation. Tolan was Chairman of the Scientific Council of DESY in Hamburg from 2007 to 2010 . He was also a member of the board of directors for public relations at the German Physical Society (DPG) and a member of the steering committee of the Internet portal “World of Physics”. He has been a full member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 2003 . From September 2008 to March 2011 Metin Tolan was Vice President Research at TU Dortmund University, from April 2011 to September 2016 Vice President Studies and since October 2016 he has been Vice President Finance.


In addition to his scientific work, he devotes himself to the humorous and physical examination of football, film and television. For example, he gives lectures on topics such as “The physics of soccer games ”, “The physics of James Bond ”, “The physics of Star Trek ” or “ Titanic - More than just a downfall”. He examines (as a self- confessed Trekkie ) inventions, stunts and film effects for physical feasibility and also compares the films with historical reality (e.g. RMS Titanic ) or presents (as a VfB Stuttgart fan) a formula that determines the placement of the German team predicts at the next soccer World Cup. The lectures are popular science, so that laypeople can also follow the lectures. The entertainment insert is also an advertisement for the subject of physics.

One of the lectures - "Shaken, not stirred!" - James Bond in the sights of physics - about the physical background in James Bond films was filmed on October 11, 2005 in the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum , Paderborn, and is available there on DVD. The book Shaken, Not Stirred: James Bond and Physics , which he wrote with Prof. Joachim Stolze and some students as part of a seminar, went on sale in September 2008.


In 2013, Tolan received the € 50,000 Communicator Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft for his diverse and particularly original communication of physical issues and research results to the public and the media . For 2017, Tolan was awarded the Robert Wichard Pohl Prize of the German Physical Society (DPG).



Individual evidence

  1. Metin Tolan  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , "Born in 1965 as the son of German-Turkish parents in Oldenburg"@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  2. NeunMalKlug - science cabaret, educational comedy, infotainment & Co
  3. ^ Robert Wichard Pohl Prize. Retrieved May 9, 2019 .

Web links