Curriculum vitae

Ulrich R. Christensen


born May, 6, 1954 in Peine (Germany), divorced, two children, German citizen

Office address

Max-Planck Institut für Sonnensystemforschung
Justus-von-Liebig Weg 3, 37077 Göttingen, Germany
Tel.: +49-551 384 979-542   Fax: ...-219   Email:
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Christensen

Education and academic degrees

1972-1980  Technical university Braunschweig
1977 Diploma, Physics, Braunschweig
1980 PhD, Physics, Braunschweig
1985 Habilitation, Geophysics, Mainz

Professional appointments

1981-1985 Postdoctoral researcher, University of Mainz
1982 Postdoctoral fellow, Arizona State University, Tempe
1985-1986 Lecturer, University Karlsruhe
1986-1991 Heisenberg research fellow, Max-Planck Institute Mainz
1988 Visiting professor, University Utrecht
1991-1992 Research Fellow (equiv. Assoc. Prof.), Max-Planck Institute Mainz
1992-2003 Professor of Geophysics, University Göttingen
2002- Director at the Max-Planck Institute for Aeronomy, Katlenburg-Lindau
(new name since 1 July 2004: Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research)
2005-2007 Managing Director at the MPS

Awards, Honors

1988 Gerhard-Hess award of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
1994 Gottfried-Wilhelm Leibniz prize
1995 Elected to the Göttingen Academy of Sciences
1999 Elected to the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina
2000 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
2003 Honorary fellow of the European Union of Geosciences

Editorial and other professional offices (selection)

1988-1991 Assc. editor, Geophysical Journal International
1991-1996 Editor, Earth & Planetary Science Letters
1995-1997 Senate of the University of Göttingen
1995-2001 Chairman, IASPEI commission of Geodynamics and Tectonophysics
1999-2001 Assc. Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research
1999-2001 Chairman, German geophysics research association (FKPE)
1999-current Member of IASPEI executive committee, co-chair commission on Earth structure and geodynamics
2000-current DFG reviewing board for Solid Earth Physics
2001-2003 German representative, Life & Environm. Sci. Standing Committee of ESF
2004-2006 Member of the Solar System Working Group of ESA

Fields of research

Dynamics of planetary interiors, mantle convection, dynamo models, numerical simulation