Senior Fellow

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Horst Stöcker

Research Area: Theoretical Sciences
Focuses: Astrophysics, Gravitation, Big Data, Machine Learning, Heavy Ion Physics, Nuclear Physics

Research Group


Office: 3|200 (FIAS)
Phone: +49 174 3281445


Horst Stöcker was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1952 and grew up in Oberursel im Taunus. After graduating from high school in 1971, he studied physics, mathematics, chemistry and philosophy at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main.

Following his diploma in 1976, he worked on his dissertation "Shock waves in nuclear matter - proof by circumstantial evidence" with Walter Greiner and received his doctorate at the Goethe University Frankfurt in 1979. In 1979, he first became a guest researcher at the former Society for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt.

In 1980 Stöcker joined the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory of the University of California, Berkeley, USA, as a DAAD-NATO Fellow. From 1982 to 1985, he was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL).

In 1985 Horst Stöcker accepted a professorship in Theoretical Physics at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. He currently holds a professorship in Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics at the Goethe University and holds the Judah M. Eisenberg Chair - "Professor Laureatus of Theoretical Physics" at the Department of Physics there.



2004 - today Senior Fellow, Member of the FIAS Board of Directors

2004 - 2006 Chief Executive Officer of FIAS

Further organisations

1985 - today Professor of Theoretical Physics at Goethe University

2000 - 2003 Vice President of the Goethe University                    

2007 - 2015 Scientific Director at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH

2008 - 2012 Vice President of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres and Research Area Coordinator "Structure of Matter

Awards and distinctions

  • "Judah M. Eisenberg Professor Laureatus for Theoretical Physics" at the Physics Department of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
  • Doctor honoris causa of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
  • Fellow of the European Physical Society, EPS, London, UK
  • Follow of the  Institute of Physics, London, GB
  • Member, Acatech - German Academy of Engineering Sciences, Munich and Berlin
  • Member, Academia Europea, London
  • Hessian Order of Merit