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Prof. Dr.

Klaus von Klitzing

Year of election: 1996
Section: Physics
City: Stuttgart
Country: Germany
CV Klaus von Klitzing - English (PDF)


Through his experimental work Klaus von Klitzing opened up the research area of the quantized Hall effect which led to the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1985. Nowadays this quantum phenomenon is worldwide accepted in high precision measurements of electrical resistances based on a fixed value of the convertional von-Klitzing-constant RK-90 = 25812,807 Ohm. The Quantized Hall Effect obtained special topicality when discussions started to implement fundamental constants as basis for the International System of Units. The more recent activities of Klaus von Klitzing generally concentrate on quantum phenomena in nano electronic devices.


  • since 1985 Director at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research and Honorary Professor at Stuttgart University, Germany
  • 1980-1984 Professor at the Technical University Munich, Germany
  • 1978 Habilitation
  • 1972 Ph.D. in Physics  
  • 1969-1980 University of Würzburg, Germany
  • 1962-1969 Diploma in Physics Technical University Braunschweig, Germany


  • 2011 Scientific Advisory Board Graphene Flagship
  • 2010 Honorary Member of the Deutsche Hochschulverband
  • 2008 Scientific Committee Bayer Climate Award
  • 2007 EURAMET Research Council
  • 2006 Board of Trustees “Institute of Advanced Studies” of TUM
  • 2005 Jury Member START-Wittgenstein Program Austria
  • 2005 Scientific Committee International Solvay Institutes
  • 2000 NTT - Basic Research Laboratory Advisory Board1992
  • 1992 Bord of Trustees of the German Museum Munich, Germany
  • 1989 Bord of Trustees of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Braunschweig, Germany

Honours and Memberships

  • 2012 TUM Distinguished Affiliated Professor
  • 2011 Honorary Degree of the National University of Mongolia
  • 2011 Honorary Degree of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot
  • 2009 Austrian Decoration for Science and Art
  • 2008 Honorary Degree of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Semiconductors
  • 2007 Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
  • 2007 Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 2006 Honorary Degree of the INP Grenoble
  • 2006 Honorary Degree of the Shanghai University
  • 2006 Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)
  • 2003 Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London
  • 2002 Honorary Degree of the Bilkent University, Ankara
  • 2000 Honorary Member of the German Physical Society
  • 2000 Honorary Degree of the Slovenskej akademia vied, Bratislava
  • 1998 Honorary Degree of the University of Nottingham
  • 1994 Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 1990 Foreign Associate National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 1990 Honorary Degree of the University of Antwerp
  • 1988 Honorary Degree of the University of Maryland
  • 1988 Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art
  • 1986 Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 1985 Bavarian Academy of Sciences
  • 1985 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • 1982 Hewlett Packard Prize
  • 1981 Schottky Prize




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