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Jürgen Mlynek

Falling Walls Foundation

Jürgen Mlynek studied physics at the TU Hannover and the École Polytechnique in Paris. He became a Full Professor in Experimental Physics at the University of Konstanz. After 10 years researching and teaching in the field of experimental quantum optics, atomic physics and surface physics, he served as Vice-President of the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 1996 to 2001. In September 2000 he became President of the Humboldt University Berlin, which he developed into one of Germany’s leading universities. In 2005 he was elected as president of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, the umbrella organisation of the national laboratories in Germany, where he served until 2015. Mlynek has received numerous science and research prizes, and was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2010.

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