Rolf-Peter Kudritzki

Education and Degrees:

Diploma in Physics 1971, Technische Universität Berlin
Ph. D. in Astronomy 1973, Technische Universität Berlin
Habilitation in Astronomy 1979, Universität Kiel


1971-1976 Research Assistant, Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik,
  Technische Universität Berlin
1976-1978 Research Assistant, Institut für Theoretische Physik und Sternwarte,
  Universität Kiel
1979-1982 Lecturer, Institut für Theoretische Physik und Sternwarte,
  Universität Kiel
1982 - September 2000 Professor of Astronomy and Director
  Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Universität München
1999 - June 30, 2000 Dean, School of Physics, Munich University
1990 - present Wissenschaftliches Mitglied (Scientific Member)
  Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik
October 2000 - December 2010 Director,
  Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii
January 2003 - December 2004 Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education,
  University of Hawaii at Manoa
January 2011 - 2017 Astronomer with tenure,
  Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii
November 2017 - present Astronomer Emeritus,
  Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii
September 2012 - present Founding Director,
  Munich Institute for Astrophysics and Particle Physics, Munich University & Technical University Munich
July 2018 - present Professor, University Observatory Munich, Munich University


2006 Highly Cited Author, Science Citation Index
2009 Karl Schwarzschild Prize of the German Astronomical Society
2009 Humboldt Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Professional Society Memberships:

German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
Astronomische Gesellschaft
American Astronomical Society
International Astronomical Union
Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Akademie der Wissenschaften von Nordrhein-Westfalen

Professional Service, international/U.S.:

International Ultraviolet Explorer, European Program Committee, 1982-1984.

ESO Science Technical Committee, 1984 - 1991.

ESA Space Telescope Advisory Team, 1985 - 1990.

User Committee of ESO-HST/ECF, 1985 - 1990.

Organizing Committee of Commission 36 of IAU, 1982 - 1991.

Hubble Space Telescope (STScI) working group on ``Stars and star clusters'' for long term Space Telescope proposals (Key Projects), 1984-1985.

Space Telescope Science Institute User Committee 1990-1992.

Space Telescope Science Institute Visiting Committee, 1990-1992 member, 1993-1996 chair.

ESO Working Group on Future Scientific Use of the VLT, 1993-1994.

ESO FUEGOS/GIRAFFE Instrument Science Team, 1995 - 2000.

ESA Working Group on Instrumentation of the HST, 1995 - 1998.

ESO Visiting Committee 1993 - 2000, since 1996 chair.

AURA STScI Director Search Committee, 1997

AURA NOAO Director Search Committee, 2000

Member of the NASA NGST Interim Science Working Group, 2000 - 2002

Member of AURA Advisory Committee for the New Initiatives Office for Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope, 2001 - 2009

Chair of NOAO/NSF Science Working Group for the Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope, 2002 - 2010

Member of NSF/NOAO Optica/Infrared Long Range Planning Committee, September 2004 - 2006

Member of the AURA Board of Directors, 1999 - June 2005
Chair, AURA Board of Directors, July 2004 - June 2005

Member International Review Committee, Subaru Telescope, 2005

President, IAU Division IX "Optical & Infrared Techniques", August 2006 - 2009
Member of the Organizing Committee of IAU Division IX "Optical & Infrared Techniques", 2003 - 2009

Member of the Editorial Committee of Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2005 - 2010

Chair, Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee April, 2006 - March 2007

Member of the NASA Astrophysics Performance Assessment Committee, appointed by the National Research Council, June 2006 - December 2006

Member Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, January 2007 - present
Chair Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, January 2008 - 2021

Member Program Advisory Committee at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), January 2007 - 2010

Member, Review Committee, High Altitude Observatory, Boulder, Co., October 2007

Chair, International Review Committee, Physics Institute, University of Cologne, October 2007

Chair, International Review Committee, Subaru Telescope, 2008

Chair, International Review Committee, National Astronomical Observatories of Japan, 2008

Chair, European Research Council Advanced Grant Panel, 2009, 2011, 2013

Member, Scientific Working Group, Next Generation Canda-France-Hawaii Telescope, 2011 - 2017

Member, European Southern Observatory (ESO) Observing Program Committee, Chair of Stellar Physics Panel, 2009 - 2013

Elected Member, Organizing Committee IAU Commission 36 "Stellar Atmospheres", 2012 - present

Elected Member, Research Board of Technical University Munich and Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich Excellence Clusters "Universe" and "Origins", 2014 - present

Previous Professional Service, Germany:

Rat Deutscher Sternwarten, 1982 - 2000.
This Committee consists of the directors of the German astronomical institutes and organizes German astronomy.

Chairman of the Rat Deutscher Sternwarten, 1992 - 1997, Vice-Chairman, 1997 - 2000

Fachbeirat ( Visiting Committee ) Max-Planck-Institute für Astronomie, Heidelberg, 1987 - 1994.

Coordinator ``Schwerpunktprogramm Kosmische Plasmen'' of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), 1986 - 1995.
The DFG is the German research funding organisation corresponding to the NSF in the USA. The ``Schwerpunktprogramm Kosmische Plasmen'' was a funding programm for theory closely related to observations with a budget of about 2 million DM per year.

Gutachterausschuß ``Verbundforschung Astronomie'' of the Bundesminister für Forschung und Technologie, 1990 - 1998.

This committee reviews grant proposals for ground based and space astronomy with a budget of about 11 million DM per year.

Wissenschaftlicher Beirat (Visiting Committee) Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik, Freiburg, 1992 - 2001.

Wissenschaftlicher Beirat (Visiting Committee) Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam, 1991 - 2001, chair 1998 - 2001

Invited talks at International Meetings:

1978 22nd International Liege Astrophysical Colloquium on ``Nucleosynthesis
  and Element Abundances''
1981 ESO Workshop on ``Most Massive Stars'', Munich
1982 IAU Symposium 103 on ``Planetary Nebulae'', London
1983 ESO Workshop on ``Primordial Helium'', Munich
1984 4th IUE conference, Rome
1985 ESO Workshop on ``Production and Distribution of C, N, O Elements'',
1985 IAU Symposium 116 on ``Luminous Stars and Associations in Galaxies'',
  Porto Heli, Greece
1986 8th IUE conference, London
1987 IAU Colloquium 95 on ``Faint Blue Stars'', (member of SOC), Tucson
1987 ESO Workshop on ``SN 1987a'', Munich
1987 IAU Colloquium 108 on ``Atmospheric Diagnostics of Stellar Evolution''
  (chair of SOC), Tokyo
1987 IAU Symposium 131 on ``Planetary Nebulae'' (member of Soc), Mexico City
1988 18th Advanced Course, Swiss Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics,
  Leysin, Switherland
1988 IAU Colloquium 113 on ``Luminous Blue Variables'', Val Morin, Canada
1989 The Berkeley Colloquium on ``Extreme Ultraviolet Astronomy''
1989 ``Frontiers of Stellar Evolution'', Symposium in celebration of the 50th
  Anniversary of McDonald Observatory of The University of Texas
1989 ``The First Boulder/Munich Workshop on Hot Stars'', Boulder, University
  of Colorado (Co-chairman of SOC)
1990 ``Massive Stars in Starbursts'', STScI, Baltimore
1990 ``The Magellanic Clouds and their Dynamical Interaction with the Milky
  Way'', IAU Symp. No. 148, Sydney, Australia
1990 NATO Advanced Research Workshop on ``Stellar Atmospheres: Beyond
  Classical Models,'' Trieste, Italy
1991 ``The year of the First Light'', STScI, Baltimore
1992 ``Advances in stellar and solar coronae physics'', Palermo Observatory,
  Vaiana memorial conference
1992 ``Science with the Hubble Space Telescope'', Baia Chia, Sardinia
  organized by STScI and ESO ST/ECF
1992 IAU Symposium No. 155 ``Planetary Nebulae'', Innsbruck
1993 ``The evolution of massive stars'', Brussels
1994 ``Science with the VLT'', ESO Garching
1994 ``High Resolution Spectroscopy with Very Large Telescopes'', NOAO, Tucson
1995 32nd Liege International Astrophysical Symposium, Liege
1995 ``Joint European and National Astronomy Meeting'', Catania
1995 ``Roentgenstrahlung from the Universe'', Wuerzburg
1995 ``Science with the Hubble Space Telescope'', Paris
1996 ``Wide Field Spectroscopy'', Athens
1996 33rd Liege International Astrophysical Symposium, Liege
1996 IAU Symposium on ``Planetary Nebulae'', Groningen
1996 8th Canary Island Winter School
  ``Stellar Astrophysics for the Local Group''
1997 2nd Boulder - Munich Workshop on Hot Stars, London
1997 ``Science with the NGST'', GSFC, Greenbelt
1998 `` Unsolved Problems in Stellar Evolution ``, STScI, Baltimore
1998 IAU Colloquium No. 169 `` Variable and Non-spherical Stellar Winds
  in Hot Stars ``, Heidelberg 1998
1999 VLT Opening Symposium ``Science in the VLT era and beyond'', ESO, Antofagasta, Chile
1999 Vatican International Summer School, Castelgandolfo
1999 ``The First Stars'', ESO/MPA Conference, Garching
2000 ``Science with the LBT'', MPA Conference, Ringberg
2001 ``Extragalactic Stellar Astronomy'', plenary talk, AAS Conference, San Diego,
2001 Conference on Hot Stars, Kiel, Germany
2002 IAU Symposium 212 on "Massive Stars", Lanzarote, Spain
2002 ``Stellar Candles for the Extragalactic Distance Scale'', International Conference, Universidad de Concepcion, Chile
2003 ``Origin and Evolution of the Elements'', Carnegie Observatories Centennial Symposium, Pasadena, USA
2004 " Exploring the Cosmic Frontiers - Astrophysical Instruments for the 21st Century ", International Conference, Berlin, Germany
2004 " The Fate of the Most Massive Stars ", International Conference, Jackson Lake Lodge, Wyoming, USA
2004 "Supernova 1054 and the Crab Nebula", International Workshop, North Central University, Taiwan
2005 Workshop on the Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope, AAS Conference, San Diego
2005 "Stellar Pulsation and Evolution", International Astrophysics Meeting, Monte Porzio Catone, Italy
2005 9th Asian-Pacific Regional Meeting of the International Astronomical Union, Bali, Indonesia
2006 IAU Symposium 234 "Planetary Nebulae in our Galaxy and beyond", Hawaii, April 3 - 7, 2006
2006 Space Telescope Science Institute May Symposium "From Population III and Gamma-Ray Bursters to the Milky Way", Baltimore, May 8 - 11, 2006
2007 Third Chilean Advanced School for Astrophysics, "Insights into Galaxy Evolution from Resolved Stellar Populations", Concepcion, Chile, five lectures, January 8 - 12, 2007
2007 "Science in the Era of TMT", a workshop sponsored by the TMT Project, UC Irvine, July 23 - 25
2007 44th Annual International Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, July 27
2007 IAU Symposium 250 "Massive Stars as Cosmic Engines", Hawaii, December 10 - 14, 2007
2008 "A Stellar Journey", International Symposium in honor of Bengt Gustafson, Uppsala, Sweden, June 2008
2008 10th Asian-Pacific Regional Meeting of the International Astronomical Union, Kunming, China, August 2008
2008 "400 Years of Astronomical Telescopes", ESTEC, Nordwijk, September 29 - October 2
2009 Karl-Schwarzschild-Lecture "Dissecting Galaxies with the Brightest Stars in the Universe", Potsdam, September 2009
2010 "The Extragalactic Distance Scale", Araucaria Workshop, Potsdam, Germany, June 2010
2011 "The Fundamental Cosmic Distance Scale - State of the Art and Gaia Perspective", International Conference, Naples, Italy, May 2011
2012 "Keck Science Workshop", International Conference, Swinburne, Australia, March 2012
2012 "Advancing the physics of the cosmic distance scale", IAU Symposium 289, Beijing, China, August 2012
2013 Annual Meeting of Hellenic Astronomical Society, Plenary Talk, Athens, August 2013
2014 MIAPP workshop on "The Extragalactic Distance Scale", Garching, June 2014
2014 ESO workshop on "Resolved Stellar Populations with the E-ELT", Garching, September 2014
2015 Annual Meeting of the German Astronomical Society, Kiel, September 2015
2016 MIAPP workshop on "The Chemical Evolution of Galaxies", Garching, August 2016
2017 MIAPP workshop on "In & Out. What Rules the Galaxy Baryon Cycle?", Garching, July 2017
2017 "Spectroscopic Surveys with the ELT: A Gigantic Step into the Deep Universe", International Workshop, Toledo, Spain, October 2017
2017 "A Cosmic Feast of the Elements", International Workshop, Puebla, Mexico, October 2017
2018 "A Star was Born", International Workshop, Abbazia di Spineto, Italy, April 2018
2018 MIAPP workshop on "The Extragalactic Distance Scale in the Gaia Era", Garching, June 2018
2018 "Early Science with ELTs", IAU Symposium 347, Vienna, Austria, August 2018
2021 "Hubble Tension Workshop", Origins Workshop, Garching, September 2022

Ph. D. Students:

Dr. Wolf Rainer Hamann, 1977-1980
Dr. Klaus Peter Simon, 1976-1980
Dr. Constanze la Dous, 1982-1986
Dr. Dirk Husfeld, 1983-1986
Dr. Artemio Herrero, 1984-1987
Dr. Adalbert Pauldrach, 1985-1987
Dr. Joachim Puls, 1985-1987
Dr. Sylvia Becker, 1987-1991
Dr. Rudolf Gabler, 1987-1991
Dr. Franziska Eber, 1988-1991
Dr. Sven Kiesewetter, 1989-1992
Dr. Thomas Schöning, 1989-1992
Dr. Michel Curé Ojeda, 1987-1992
Dr. Ulrike Kirchgesser, 1989-1992
Dr. Martin Roth, 1988-1993
Dr. Dietmar Kunze, 1988-1994
Dr. Karl-Heinz Mantel, 1989-1993
Dr. Georg Gehring, 1990-1993
Dr. Achim Feldmeier, 1991-1994
Dr. Eckardt Sturm, 1991-1994
Dr. Marcella Carollo, 1991-1994
Dr. Jörg Imhoff, 1990-1994
Dr. Astrid Gabler, 1987-1994
Dr. Francisco Najarro, 1991-1995
Dr. Stefan Haser, 1991-1995
Dr. Florian Sellmaier, 1992-1996
Dr. Hilda Meixner, 1992-1997
Dr. Gudrun Taresch, 1993-1997
Dr. Uwe Springmann, 1993-1997
Dr. Sebastian Wolf, 1993-1997
Dr. Matthias Bobinger, 1995-1999
Dr. Norbert Przybilla, 1998-2002
Dr. Tadziu Hoffmann, 1998-2004
Dr. Brian Stalder, 2003-2004,
Dr. Ben Granett, 2005-2006,
Dr. Vivian U, 2006-2008,
Dr. Zach Gazak, 2008-2014
Dr. Laura Porter, 2012-2014
Dr. Harus Jabran Zahid, 2013-2014
Monica Taormina, 2019-present
Eva Sextl, 2021-present

Rolf-Peter Kudritzki
January 7, 2022