Matthias Steinmetz Becomes a Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

29 November 2013. The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften - BBAW) has elected Matthias Steinmetz, Director of the Leibniz Institute Potsdam (AIP), as a full member of the Academy. A total of seven new members were admitted. To be appointed, scientists must distinguish themselves through outstanding scientific achievements.
Matthias Steinmetz Becomes a Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Prof. Dr. Matthias Steinmetz. (Credit: AIP)

Matthias Steinmetz studied mathematics and physics in Saarbrücken and at the Technical University Munich. He received his doctorate in physics in Munich in 1993 and initially worked at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching. In 1996, aged 30, Matthias Steinmetz accepted a faculty position at the University of Arizona in Tucson. In 2002, he was appointed director of the AIP and professor at the University of Potsdam. Steinmetz was also visiting researcher at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Berkeley.

His area of expertise is computational astrophysics and cosmology. Matthias Steinmetz has successfully engaged in particle hydrodynamics simulations of cosmological environments as well as in simulations of dark matter in the Galactic halo. Large surveys of the Milky Way, which are associated with his name, enabled new findings regarding the field of the galactic dynamics and the properties of kinematical groups of stars.

(Text based on the press release of the BBAW)


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The key topics of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aim at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and e-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to emphasize explicitly the research area of astrophysics. Since 1992 the AIP is a member of the Leibniz Association.