Prof. Klaus Hasselmann


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Phone:  +49-40-41173-236
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Room    S2.17


Mailing Address

Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie
Bundesstraße 53
D-20146 Hamburg




Research Interests


Curriculum vitae

25. October 1931 Born in Hamburg
1934 Emigrated to England with family
1936 - 1949 Elementary and Grammar School (High School) in Welwyn Garden City, Herts., England 
July 1949 Final High School Exam (Cambridge Higher School Certificate) 
August 1949 Return to Hamburg with family
Sept. 1949 - April 1950 Practical course in Mechanical Engineering, Menck und Hambrock, Hamburg 
May 1950 - July 1955 Study of Physics and Mathematics at the University of Hamburg 
November 1952 Pre-Diplom Exam
July 1955 Diplom Exam (Diplom thesis on Turbulence, advisor: Professor K. Wieghardt) 
November 1955 - July 1957 Study of Physics and Fluid Dynamics at the University of Göttingen and the Max-Planck-Institute of Fluid Dynamics 
July 1957 Ph.D., University of Göttingen (Professor W. Tollmien)
August 1957

Marriage to Susanne Barthe,
3 children, Meike (born 1958), Knut (born 1961), Annette (born 1963), 9 grandchildren

August 1957 - October 1961 Research Assistant to Professor K. Wieghardt at the Institute of Naval Architecture at the University of Hamburg 
October 1961 - October 1964 Assistant, then Associate Professor at the Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, La Jolla, USA 
February 1963 Habilitation in Hamburg
Nov. 1964 - Nov. 1966 Lecturer at the University of Hamburg
November 1966 - February 1969
Sept 1967 -
Professor at the University of Hamburg ( leave of absence Sept 1967 - Feb 1968)

Visiting Fellow, University College, Cambridge University
February 1969 - September 1972 Department Director and Professor at the University of Hamburg (leave of absence, July 1970 - July 1972) 
July 1970 - July 1972 Doherty Professor, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Mass., USA 
September 1972 - January 1975 Full Professor for Theoretical Geophysics, Managing Director, Institute of Geophysics at the University of Hamburg 
February 1975 - November 1999 Director of the Max-Planck-Institute of Meteorology , Hamburg 
January 1988 - November 1999 Scientific Director at the German Climate Computer Centre, Hamburg 
November 1999 Emeritus


January 1963 Carl Christiansen Commemorative Award
April 1964 James B. Macelwane Award of the American Geophysical Union
November 1970 Academic Award for Physics from the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen 
January 1971 Sverdrup Medal of the American Meteorological Union
December 1981 Belfotop-Eurosense Award of the Remote Sensing Society 
April 1990 Robertson Memorial Lecture Award of the US National Academy of Sciences
September 1990 Förderpreis für die Europäische Wissenschaft of the Körber-Stiftung,Hamburg 
June 1993 Nansen Polar Bear Award, Bergen, Norway
December 1994 Oceanography Award sponsored by the Society for Underwater Technology, Portland, UK 
March 1996 Oceanology International Lifetime Achievement Award
October 1996 Premio Italgas per la Ricerca e L'Innovazione 1996
May 1997 Symons Memorial Medal of the Royal Meteorological Society
November 1998 Umweltpreis 1998 der Deutschen Bundesstiftung Umwelt
May 1999 Karl-Küpfmüller-Ring der Technischen Universität Darmstadt
July 2000 Dr. honoris causa, University of East Anglia
April 2002 Vilhelm Bjerknes Medal of the European Geophysical Society
November 2005 Gold medal of the University of Alcala, Spain
August 2007 Achievement Award, International Meetings in Statistical Climatology, Beijing
Januar 2010 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award

Memberships in Societies

1. Foreign Member     Opens external link in current windowRoyal Swedish Academy of Science

2. Honorary Member   Opens external link in current window European Geosciences Union

3. Member                 Opens external link in current windowEuropean Academy of Science and Arts

4. Honorary Fellow     Opens external link in current windowRoyal Meteorological Society

5. Fellow                   Opens external link in current windowAmerican Geophysical Union

6. Member                Opens external link in current windowDeutsche Meteorologische Gesellschaft

7. Member                Opens external link in current windowGesellschaft für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik




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