H. J. Schellnhuber
is the Director of the Potsdam
Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).
Born in 1950 in Ortenburg,
Germany. Training in physics and mathematics with a scholarship
for the highly gifted at the University of Regensburg. Doctorate
in Theoretical Physics in 1980. Various periods of research abroad,
in particular at several institutions of the University of California
system (USA). Habilitation (German qualification for professorial
status) in 1985, then Heisenberg Fellowship. 1989 Full Professor
at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Marine and Environmental Sciences
(ICBM) at the University of Oldenburg, later Director of the ICBM.
1991 Founding Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact
Research (PIK). Since 1993, Director of PIK and Professor for Theoretical
Physics at the University of Potsdam. Since January 2001 also Visiting
Research Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
and Professor at the Environmental Sciences School of the University
of East Anglia in Norwich, UK.
Elected Member of Max
Planck Society, Leibniz Society and Geological Society of London.
Active service on some dozen national and international panels for
scientific strategies and policy advice regarding environment &
development matters. I.a., Member of the German Advisory Council
on Global Change (WBGU), Chairman of the GAIM Task Force of the
International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), Coordinating
Lead Author of the synthesis chapter of Working Group II in the
Third IPCC Assessment Report. More than 150 articles and books on
solid state physics, the theory of complex non-linear systems, coastal
zone research, and regional and global environmental analysis.