Thomas Weiland

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Thomas Weiland (born October 24, 1951 ) is a German physicist , engineer and university professor. He is professor of electrical engineering at the TU Darmstadt .


After attending the Ludwigsgymnasium in Saarbrücken, Thomas Weiland studied theoretical electrical engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt from 1970 to 1975 and received his doctorate in 1977 . After his diploma at the TH Darmstadt (today TU Darmstadt) he worked at the Chair of Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering , switched to the theory group at CERN in Geneva in 1979 and became a research assistant at DESY in Hamburg in 1981 . In 1984 he completed his habilitation in experimental physics at the University of Hamburg .

In 1989, he received a call to the Technical University of Darmstadt to the chair Computational Electromagnetics . In 1994 he spent a research semester at Stanford University and in 1997 at the University of Victoria in Canada .

In 2007, Weiland was the only remaining candidate to succeed University President Johann-Dietrich Wörner , but did not achieve the required majority in the election by the university assembly. In 2014, the Thomas Weiland Foundation named after Weiland was founded at the TU Darmstadt. The purpose of the foundation is to promote young academics in MINT subjects, i.e. subjects related to mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology. The foundation supports master’s students at TU Darmstadt.

In 2016 it became known that Weiland was donating a million euros to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at TU Darmstadt for a new building on the Stadtmitte campus .


Thomas Weiland deals with the theory of electromagnetic fields, numerical methods, accelerator physics as well as computer simulation and modeling.

During his doctorate, he had already dealt with the numerical calculation of electromagnetic fields using finite integration (FIT) . Based on these results he founded in 1983 at DESY in Hamburg an international collaboration for the development of the software package MAFIA (Solution of Ma xwell's Equations by the F Destinite I ntegration A lgorithm), which he developed in his department in Darmstadt since 1989th In 1988 he was awarded the Leibniz Prize for his work on new accelerator methods . In 1992 the company Computer Simulation Technology (CST) was founded, which further develops and sells the MAFIA software .

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  1. Darmstädter Echo : Only one candidate wants to become boss ( Online ( Memento from September 26, 2007 in the Internet Archive ))
  2. ^ Website of the Thomas Weiland Foundation. Thomas Weiland Foundation, accessed on March 6, 2018 .
  3. Annette Wannemacher-Saal: Private donation of millions: TU Darmstadt receives new institute building. In: Darmstädter Echo. December 19, 2016, accessed March 6, 2018 .
  5. ^ Thomas Weiland Technical University Darmstadt. In: acatech. Accessed October 4, 2019 (German).

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