Prof. Rainer Schwenn

Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung

Personal data : Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwenn, born in Berlin, 1941

Education : 1960-1967 Study of Physics at Technische Hochschule in München

Career : 1969: Dr. rer. nat. at Technische Hochschule München,

1970: Scientist at MBB, Ottobrunn,

1970-1978: Scientist at MPE, Garching,

since 1978: Scientist at MPAe (now MPS), Katlenburg-Lindau

1984/1985: Guest scientist at LANL, Los Alamos , USA

1993: Habilitation at Universität Göttingen,

1998: Professor at Universität Göttingen

Research : Plasmaphysics of the Heliosphere, large-scale structures of the solar corona and the solar wind, coronal mass ejections and interplanetary shocks, solar-terrestrial relations.

Collaborations : Lead co-investigator in space projects Helios, Giotto, SOHO-LASCO, initiator of German-Argentinian MICA (Mirror Coronagraph for Argentina), CoI of SECCHI on STEREO.

Teaching : Lectures at the Universität Göttingen, guest lectures at the universities of Kiel ( Germany ), Mendoza , San Juan , and Buenos Aires ( Argentina ), Concepcion ( Chile ), UNAM ( Mexico ), supervising Ph.D. students and postdocs

Memberships : European Geophysical Union (EGU), American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Scientific obligations :

•  Topical Editor of Annales Geophysicae for several years,

•  Member of the Solar System Working Group of ESA 1998-2000,

•  Organizer of several scientific meetings and symposia,

•  Member of the Editorial Board of Living Reviews in Solar Physics,

•  Member on various review panels for NASA and national agencies,

•  Member of Science Definition Teams for space missions SOHO , SDO, Solar Orbiter, Sentinels,

•  Advisor and study team member of the Chinese KuaFu Space Weather Explorer Mission.

•  Journal reviewer for Solar Phys., JGR, GRL, Ann. Geophys., Ap. J., Nature, and Conference Proceedings

Publications : Author and Co-author of about 200 refereed papers, editor (with E. Marsch) of the book "Physics of the Inner Heliosphere" (2 Volumes), Springer-Verlag, 1990/1991, editor (with E. Marsch) of the Proceedings "Solar Wind Seven", COSPAR Colloquia Series Vol.3, Pergamon Press, 1992.