Early life and education

Ulrich M. Gösele was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1949. He studied physics in the universities of Stuttgart and Berlin and received his PhD at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 1975 for his theoretical thesis work performed at the Max-Planck Institute of Metals Research.

He worked in research laboratories of Siemens (Munich, Germany), IBM (Yorktown Heights, New York, USA), and NTT (Japan), as well as at a nuclear research center in South Africa. In 1985 he became Full Professor of Materials Science at Duke University, Durham, USA. Since 1993 he was Member of the Max Planck Society and Director at its Microstructure Physics institute in Halle.

Ulrich Gösele was Fellow of the American Physical Society and the British Institute of Physics. He was a member of the German National Academy of Science. His research interests, among others, include diffusion mechanisms in solids, semiconductor wafer bonding, semiconductor nanowires, photonic crystals, ordered macro- and microporous materials, and complex oxide functional materials.