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Lorenz Kramer

  • November 24, 1941, Lorenz Kramer was born in Naples, Italy (father German, mother Italian, both biologists).
  • 1943 his family moved to Heidelberg, then in 1948 to Wilhelmshaven where he went through school.
  • 1961-62 military service at Berchtesgaden.
  • He has three grown-up children: Sebastian, an engineer in the networking industry, Julia, a piano instructor, and Maria, who is an architect (in London).
  • April 5, 2005, Lorenz Kramer died unexpectedly in Bayreuth.

Training and Professional Positions:

  • 1962-64 University of Heidelberg (Vordiplom)
  • 1964-67 University of Hamburg (Diplom)
  • Thesis with Prof. L. Tewordt on the thermodynamic behaviour of type II superconductors near the lower critical field.
  • 1967-69 Stanford University 1967-69 (Ph.D.)
  • Thesis with Prof. A.L. Fetter on the stability of superflow and ion mobility in 3He-4He mixtures.
  • 1969-71 Research Associate at Rutgers University
  • 1971-74 Staff Researcher at the Kernforschungsanlage Jülich
  • 1975-78 Associate Professor at the Technical University Munich
  • since 1978 Full Professor at the University of Bayreuth
  • 1981: declined an offer for a full professorship at the Technical University Munich

Longer visits abroad:

  • IBM Zurich, Swisse (repeatedly)
  • University of Lancaster, UK
  • Institute for Theoretical Physics at Santa Barbara, USA (repeatedly)
  • Laboratoire de Physique des Solides at Orsay, France (repeatedly)
  • Aspen Instutute of Physics, USA
  • Weizmann Insitute for Sciences, Israel
  • Institute Non-Lineare de Nice at Nice/Sofia-Antipolis, France (often)
  • CNLS at Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  • Institute Henry Poincare at Paris, France
  • Universitat de Barcelona (repeatedly), Spain
  • Istituto Nationale di Ottica at Florence, Italy
  • In addition many shorter visits.


  • Fellowship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes 1962-68
  • Various guest professorships and travel awards (Fulbright etc.)
  • Humboldt-Mutis Award 1994 for the Collboration with Spain

Main Administrative Responsibilities etc.:

  • 1979-81 Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
  • 1991-94 Chairman of the Physics Institute
  • 1982-94 Chairman of Senate committee on computer matters
  • 1991-96 Member of the Editorial Board of Physical Review A (later E)
  • since 1992, Editor of Physica D
  • 1996-2001 Coordinator of the European research network "Pattern Formation, Noise and Spatio-Temporal Chaos in Complex Systems", funded by the European Union

Main Fields of Research:

  • since 1967 Superconductivity and Superfluidity
  • 1974-78 Biophysics
  • since 1982 Nonlinear Phenomena in Continuous Systems
  • (specialties: Pattern Formation in Liquid Crystals; the Complex Ginzburg-Landau equation and other nonlinear equations of mathematical physics)


  • Music (classic and spanish guitar), travel, sports: all muscle-driven vehicles like uni- and bicycling, inline scating, skiing (in particular cross country), hopefully more to come, mountaineering

Contact: Prof. Dr. Walter Zimmermann