Prof. Dr. Klaus von Klitzing is heading the department “Low Dimensional Electron Systems” at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany. He was born on 28th June 1943 in Schroda. Klaus von Klitzing studied Physics at the Technical University of Braunschweig. He continued his scientific career at the University of Würzburg, receiving his doctorate in 1972 and his habilitation in 1978. Subsequently, he was appointed professor at the Technical University of Munich (1980-1984), before becoming both Honorarprofessor (part-time prof.) at the University of Stuttgart and Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in 1985. During his scientific career, Klaus von Klitzing had research stays at the University of Oxford, England, at the High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Grenoble, France, and at the IBM Research Lab in the Yorktown Heights, USA. In 1985, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Klaus von Klitzing “for the discovery of the quantized Hall effect”.

Research Interests

Experimental research on low-dimensional electron systems.

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International Member

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Section 33: Applied Physical Sciences