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Prof. Dr.

Friedhelm von Blanckenburg

Year of election: 2009
Section: Earth Sciences
City: Potsdam
Country: Germany
CV Friedhelm von Blanckenburg - deutsch (pdf)


Friedhelm von Blanckenburg is a Geochemist who characterises Earth surface cycles by means of isotope ratio measurements of the elements involved. He obtained a degree in Geology at the Technical University of Berlin, a doctorate at ETH Zürich, and held various research and teaching positions at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Berne. In 2001 he took up a full professorship in the field of Geochemistry at the University of Hannover and in 2008 a full professorship as head of the “Earth Surface Geochemistry” group at the Helmholtz Centre GFZ Potsdam.

His research is dedicated to the development of methods in inorganic isotope Geochemistry and mass spectrometry and their application to the evolution of the Earth’s surface. By detecting very low concentrations of cosmogenic nuclides in materials of the Earth surface and measuring shifts in the relative abundancies of metal stable isotopes he is exploring the fundamental processes, by which geologic, climatic, and biologic forces act to sculp landscapes through geochemical cycles. In addition, a small part of his research is directed at transfering these new methods into the Life Sciences.


  • seit 2008 Professor für die Geochemie von Erdoberflächenprozessen, Geoforschungszentrum (GFZ) Potsdam und Freie Universität Berlin, Leiter der GFZ-Sektion 3.4
  • 2001-2008 Professor für Geochemie, Universität Hannover
  • 1997-2001 Privatdozent für Isotopengeologie, Technische Universität (TU) Berlin
  • 1995-1997 Oberassistent für Isotopengeochemie, University of Oxford, England
  • 1991-1995 Postdoktorand in Isotopengeochemie, University of Cambridge, England
  • 1990 Promotion in Geochemie / Geochronologie, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich
  • 1985 Diplom in Geologie an der TU Berlin


  • Koordinator des European Union Marie Curie Initial Training Network “IsoNose”: Isotopic Tools as Novel Sensors of Earth Surface Resources
  • Ko-Koordinator des DFG-Schwerpunktprogramms “Earthshape”: Earth Surface Shaping by Biota

Auszeichnungen und Mitgliedschaften

  • 2018 Fellow der American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • 2016 Fellow der Geochemical Society und der European Association of Geochemistry
  • seit 2015 Mitglied der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
  • 2010 Ralph Alger Bagnold-Medaille der European Geosciences Union
  • seit 2009 Mitglied der Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina




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