Wulf Steinmann

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Wulf Steinmann (born July 12, 1930 in Essen ; † January 3, 2019 in Munich ) was a German physicist and rector of the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich .


Wulf Steinmann studied physics at the LMU Munich from 1951 to 1956, among others with Walter Rollwagen and Werner Heisenberg . In 1961, with a thesis on the radiation of plasma oscillations at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich (LMU), he was awarded a Dr. rer. nat. PhD . In 1966 he completed his habilitation in Munich with a paper on the decay of plasmons . He was involved in research projects at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and at the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg . From 1966 to 1968 Steinmann took over the management of the surface physics department at the European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC) in Noordwijk , Netherlands.

In 1973 he was offered a chair for physics at the LMU Munich with a focus on solid-state and surface physics, in particular photoelectron spectroscopy with synchrotron radiation. From 1973 to 1978 he was Deputy Rector and Vice President. From 1978 to 1982 he was also director of the Bavarian State Institute for University Research and University Planning in Munich. As the successor to Nikolaus Lobkowicz , he was rector from May 1, 1982 to 1990 and, after the rector's constitution was introduced, President of the LMU until his retirement on September 30, 1994 . He was followed on November 14, 1994 by Andreas Heldrich in the rector's office . During his twelve-year rectorate, Steinmann built up the computer science department, initiated the establishment of a Japan center and the establishment of the Orthodox theology department at LMU. He expanded the location of the LMU in Ludwigstrasse in Munich city center and was involved in a wide range of different locations for the university in the urban area of ​​Munich and beyond, such as the establishment of the Faculty of Forestry in Weihenstephan, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Oberschleißheim and the new building for the Faculty of Chemistry and pharmacy with a center for genetic engineering and biotechnology in Munich-Großhadern near the Großhadern Clinic, the research facilities of the GSF and the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry.

Steinmann was a member of the Hanns Seidel Foundation , as well as the Scientific Council of the Catholic Academy of Bavaria and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts . He was a grandson of Gustav Steinmann and Adelheid Holtzmann .

Steinmann was married; there are three children from the marriage.

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  1. Deutsche Universitäts-Zeitung, DUZ, Volume 38, Verlag Dr. Josef Raabe 1982, p. 5
  2. ^ Obituary notice of Wulf Steinmann. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung . Süddeutscher Verlag , January 12, 2019, accessed on January 12, 2019 .
  3. a b Professor Wulf Steinmann. Former rector of LMU passed away , LMU Munich on January 10, 2019
  4. LMU Chronicle 1993-1995. In: LMU Munich. LMU Munich, accessed on January 13, 2019 .