CV Werner Hofmann


image001.jpgMax-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik


D-69117 Heidelberg, Saupfercheckweg 1, or


D-69029 Heidelberg, P.O. Box 103980


Phone +49-6221-516-330, Fax +49-6221-516-603


Email Werner.Hofmann “at”



Date and Place of Birth

November 11, 1952, Baden-Baden, Germany


1971-1977 Study of physics at Karlsruhe University


Dipl. Phys. Karlsruhe University (1974)


Ph.D. Karlsruhe University (1977)


Habilitation in physics, Dortmund University (1980)


1975-1977 Scientific Employee, Univ. Karlsruhe


1978-1981 Scientific Assistant, Univ. Dortmund


1981-1982 Heisenberg Scholarship at Univ. Dortmund


1982-1983 Heisenberg Scholarship at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL), Berkeley


1984-1985 Assistant Professor, Univ. Berkeley, and Associate Faculty Scientist (LBL)


1985-1987 Associate Professor, Univ. Berkeley, and Faculty Senior Scientist (LBL)


1987-1988 Professor, Univ. Berkeley, and Faculty Senior Scientist (LBL)


since 1988 Director and Scientific Member, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg

Administration and Committee Service

Managing Director, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics 1991-1993 and 1999-2001


Chair of the Chemistry, Physics and Technology Section of the Max Planck Society, 2008-2011; Deputy chair 2007/2008, and 2011/2012


Member of Board of Trustees of the Tschira Foundation, since 2010


Member of the ApPEC (Astroparticle Physics European Coordination) Scientific Advisory Committee (2008-2011)


Deputy chair  (2005-2007) and chair (2008-2010) of the BMBF Gutachterausschuss "Erdgebundene Astrophysik und Astroteilchenphysik"


Member of the German Committee for Astroparticle Physics (KAT), 2004-2010


Member of Scientific/Technical Council of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, and Chair of the Advisory Board "Structure of Matter", 2002-2008


... and other committees


Spokesperson of the CTA Collaboration; former Spokesperson of the H.E.S.S. Collaboration (until 2012); former Spokesperson of PEP4-TPC Collaboration and former Chair of the Collaboration Boards of LHCb and HERA-B Collaborations


Rossi Prize 2010 of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society, with F. Aharonian, H. Völk and the H.E.S.S. Collaboration


Descartes Research Prize 2006 of the European Commission for the H.E.S.S. Collaboration


Heidelberg Academy of Sciences, since 2010


German Physical Society


American Physical Society

Research Areas

High-energy gamma-ray astrophysics (with the H.E.S.S. experiment, and earlier with HEGRA, CRT; strongly involved in planning the future CTA facility)


Physics of heavy quarks, CP violation (participation in LHCb experiment and earlier with DASP II, ARGUS (DESY), HERA-B (DESY))


Development of instrumentation for high-energy physics and high-energy astrophysics: calorimetry (1974-1982), silicon detector systems (since 1988), detection systems for high-energy cosmic gamma rays (since 1988)


Neutrinoless double beta decay (with the GERDA experiment (LNGS))


QCD, quark and gluon fragmentation, physics of jets (1974-1990, with the SFM (CERN), DASP II (DESY), PEP4-TPC (SLAC) experiments)