Short Curriculum Vitae of J. Peter Toennies
Born: May 3, 1930 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A., of German immigrant parents.
Married: 1966 to Monika Zelesnick; two children: Susanne (born 1969) and
Annette (born 1972).
Lower Merion High School, Pa., 1948, Amherst College, Amherst, MA., B.A. 1952,
Providence, Rhode Island, Ph.D. in chemistry 1957. Fulbright student in Göttingen 1953 – 1954.
1957 – 1962 DFG Stipendium with Prof. W. Paul, Physics Institute, University of Bonn, Germany.
1962 – 1965 Scientific assistant to Prof. W. Paul, Physics Institute, University of Bonn.
1965 – 1967 Privat-Dozent, Physics Institute, University of Bonn.
1967 – 1968 Dozent, Physics Institute, University of Bonn.
1965 – 1974 Visiting Professor, Institute for Physical Chemistry, University of Göteborg.
1969 – 1998 Appointment to Scientific Member of the Max-Planck-Society and Director at the Max-Planck-Institute für Strömungsforschung.
1971 – Associate Professor, University Göttingen; Adjunct-Professor, University of Bonn.
1998 – 2002 Acting Director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Strömungsforschung.
1998 – present Emeritus Scientific Member of the Max-Planck-Society
Prizes and Special Recognition:
1964 Physics Prize of the Academy of Sciences, Göttingen.
1983 "Fellow" of the American Physical Society.
1988 Alumni Citation, Brown University.
1990 Corresponding Member of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen.
1991 Gold Heyrovsky Medal of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
1992 Hewlett-Packard Europhysics Prize for solid state physics.
1992 Max-Planck-Prize of the German Research Society and the
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
1993 Member of the German Academy of Natural Scientists "Leopoldina" in Halle, Germany.
1996 Recipient of the first MOLEC Conference Award.
1999 Honorary Fellow of the International Molecular Beams Symposium.
2000 Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
2002 Stern-Gerlach Gold Medal of the German Physical Society.
2005 Kolos Medal of University of Warsaw
2006 Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal in Physics
2007 Honorary Doctorate in Science, Amherst College, Mass USA
Biographies of Prof. Toennies can be found in:
"Jan Peter Toennies on his 65th Birthday",
Z. Herman, Ber. Bunsenges. Phys. Chem 99, 781-782 (1995)
"Serendipitous meanderings and adventures with molecular beams",
J.P. Toennies, Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 55, 1-33 (2004)
last revision: E. Hulpke, October 2007