Spohn, Prof. Dr. Tilman

Tilman Spohn studied geophysics at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt and got his diploma in 1975. Three years later he earned his PhD and in 1984 his habilitation. Since this time he has been professor at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster and since 2004 he is simultaneously the director of the Institute for Planet Research of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin-Adlershof. From 2007 onwards he has been engaged in the Helmholtz alliance »Development of Planets and Life« as its scientific coordinator.

Prof. Spohn is a member of many committees: the American Geophysical Society (AGU) Committee on Public Affairs, 2004-2006; AGU Council 2004-2008; AGU Bowie Medal Committee, chair 2008 -2010; ESA High Level Science Advisory Committee (HISPAC) 2007-2010; ESA Space Science Advisory Committee, 2004-2010, chair until 2010; ESA Advisory Committee Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration (ACHME) 2007-2010; and the COSPAR Scientific Programme Committee, chair 2008-2010. From 2006 to 2008 he was  president of the Planetary Science Section of the AGU.

Furthermore, he is active as an editor for different scientific journals, e.g. for Planetology of Rev. Geophysics, 1997-2000; of the COSPAR Symposium »Comparative Planetology«, 1997; of Vol. 10 Planets and Satellites Elsevier Treatise in Geophysics and for Planetology of Earth and Planetary Science Letters since 2006. He himself has published 115 papers in various journals and books.

The speciality field of Tilman Spohn is thermodynamics of planetary interiors, yet his interests and those of the Institute of Planetary Research of DLR in Berlin-Adlershof are much broader. Questions like how does a planet originate and what are the conditions for its life promoting development are in its focus. Personally, Prof. Spohn is the principal investigator for a Laser Altimeter being developed for a mission to Mercury and for a thermal probe to be operated on the surface of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Prof. Dr. Tilman Spohn
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt
Institut für Planetenforschung Berlin-Adlershof
Rutherfordstr. 2
12489 Berlin, Germany
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