„The life and work of prominent physicists at Breslau University until 1933”, lecture by Professor Walter Dittrich (University of Tuebingen, Germany), will be the opening lecture of the XXXIX Max Born Symposium „Optics & its Applications” (03-07.07). It takes place in the Oratorium Marianum of the Main Building of the University of Wroclaw (plac Uniwersytecki 1).
This event is open to the public and will start at 15:00 with an opening by the Rector, J.M. Adam Jezierski. After the lecture by Professor Dittrich (15:15-16:45) there will be a short coffee break and it follows a presentation from Professor Eugene Arthurs (17:15-17:45) on „Opportunities in Photonics”. Working language: English.
Professor Walter Dittrich was born in 1935 and spent his youth in Breslau and Ratibor until January of 1945, when his family – whose ancestors had settled in Upper Silesia in the 13th century – was forced to flee westward. He received his Matura in 1957 and began his study of physics and mathematics at the University of Göttingen, where he received his diploma under Professor Hund.
After a teaching assistantship at Brown University in the U.S., he returned to Germany, where he received his PhD at Heisenberg’s Institute in Munich. Thereafter he spent his postdoctoral period at MIT and Harvard prior to accepting a position at Tübingen University in 1971, where he became a professor for theoretical physics. He spent his sabbaticals as visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton as well as at Stanford, UCLA, Berkeley, MIT and Harvard. He became an emeritus in 2001. He is an alumnus of the IAS in Princeton and of his alma mater Georgia Augusta in Göttingen. He is also a member of the German-Polish Society of the University of Wrocław.
Professor Dittrich was head of the quantum electrodynamics group at the University of Tübingen. He began his work on quantum field theory, in particular on QED in collaboration with Julian Schwinger. Walter Dittrich has worked for more than 20 years in cooperation with European and American universities, especially with the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford (SLAC). He has over 40 years of teaching experience and is one of the key scientists in developing the theoretical framework of quantum electrodynamics. He is the author of numerous articles and books on quantum field theory and on classical and quantum mechanics. Some of them he co-authored with former students of his, Prof. Martin Reuter and Professor Holger Gies.