Prof. Wolfgang Kinzelbach was born in 1949 in Germersheim,
Germany. He studied physics at the Universities of Mainz and
Munich. At Stanford University he transferred to the field
of environmental engineering in 1972. He earned his doctorate
from the University of Karlsruhe in 1978. His professional
activities have taken him to Maiduguri, Nigeria, the Nuclear
Research Center in Karlsruhe, the Environmental Research Institute
of the Academia Sinica in Beijing and Stuttgart University.
In 1988 he was appointed full professor of Technical Hydraulics
and Hydrology at the University of Kassel and in 1993 full
professor of Environmental Physics at the University of Heidelberg.
Since 1996 he has been full Professor of Hydromechanics and
Water Resources Engineering at the ETH Zurich.
Prof. Kinzelbach's research concentrates on flow and transport
processes in the environment with practical application in
water resources management, pollution control, remediation
and nuclear waste isolation. His current focus is on sustainable
water management especially in arid and semi-arid regions,
including projects in Botswana, Niger, Xinjiang (China), Uzbekistan
He was awarded the Ehrensenator Huber
Prize by the University of Karlsruhe, the European "Förderpreis" of
Foundation, the Softwareprize of the German Federal Minister
of Research and the Henry Darcy medal of the European Geophysical