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Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Theodor Schieder

I.Physikalisches Institut der Universität zu Köln
Zülpicher Str. 77
D-50937 Köln

Tel: +49 - (0)221 / 470-3568
Fax: +49 - (0)221 / 470-5162
E-mail: schieder (at) ph1.uni-koeln.de

Born in Königsberg/Preussen, Germany, June 14, 1943
Married with Silvia Schieder, née Vent
4 children, born in 1974, 1976 (twins), and 1978
Hobby: Playing Violin


1962 Abitur at Gymnasium Kreuzgasse (Humanistischer Zweig) in Cologne
4/1962 - 10/1963 Military service
1964 - 1971 Study of physics at the Universities in Cologne, Freiburg, Heidelberg, and Bonn, Germany.
1-3/1968 Visit at University Princeton/NJ
1971 Physics Diploma, Institute of Applied Physics, University of Bonn
1975 Dr.rer.nat. University of Bonn, supervisor: Prof. H.Walther
1975 - 1980 Research scientist at the University of Cologne working in the field of dye laser physics and laser spectroscopy
1980 Habilitation for Physics at University of Cologne
1981/82 Visiting Research Officer at NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in Ottawa, Canada.
1982 - 1992 Research scientist at the University of Cologne working in the field of infrared laser spectroscopy and radioastronomical instrumentation.
10/98 - 2/99 Visiting scientist at Caltech in Pasadena/CA
1992 - 2009 Professor (C3) for Physics at the First Physics Institute of the University of Cologne.
1995 Phillip Morris Price together with G. Winnewisser
10/2003 - 2/2004 Visiting scientist at Caltech in Pasadena/CA
Since 7/2009 Retirement

The main research fields were infrared and sub-millimeter molecular Spectroscopy, laser spectroscopy, as well as development of instrumentation for mm- and submm-radio-astronomy, in particular of acousto-optical spectrometers. Development of the mid-IR heterodyne receiver ‘THIS’ and observations of wind and temperature in planetary atmospheres. 

Permanently involved in the development of instrumentation for the 3m KOSMA observatory on Gornergrat near Zermatt/Switzerland, and for the airborne observatory SOFIA. Development of instrumentation for the NASA SMEX mission "SWAS" and the ESA cornerstone mission "Herschel".

  • Co-I for the Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (SWAS),
  • Co-I for the "HIFI" instrument on the Far Infrared Space Telescope (Herschel), responsible for the development of the Wide Band Spectrometer (WBS) for HIFI,
  • Co-I for the German development of THz heterodyne instrumentation for SOFIA,
  • PI for the Cologne tuneable mid-IR heterodyne instrument "THIS", planned as future instrument on SOFIA.