Harald Friedrich, German physicist, Died at 69


Harald Friedrich was born on May 19, 1947, and died on January 29, 2017.

He was a German physicist specializing in theoretical atomic physics.

He was born in Berlin and grew up in Australia.

Harald Friedrich studied physics at the University of Kiel and the University of Freiburg and completed his doctoral studies in 1975 at the University of Münster with a dissertation on the microscopic description of the scattering of light and medium-weight nuclei.

Then, Harald was a postdoctoral student at the University of Oxford.

During 1980, Friedrich habilitated as a professor at the University of Münster and was at Caltech from 1981 to 1983 on a Heisenberg scholarship.

Friedrich taught at the universities of Munich and Tübingen before becoming a professor at the Technical University of Munich in 1987.

Among other institutions, Harald Friedrich was a guest lecturer at the Institute for Theoretical Atomic Physics at the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and at the Australian National University in Canberra.

He initially dealt with theoretical nuclear physics before switching to atomic physics.

During the 1980s, Harald Friedrich studied quantum chaos phenomena in highly excited atoms and their semi-classical treatment, in part with his doctoral student Dieter Wintgen.

Friedrich was also well-known through his textbook on theoretical atomic physics.

Harald Friedrich passed away at 69 years old.