Klaus von Klitzing studied physics at the University of Braunschweig and received his Ph.D. from the University of Würzburg in 1972. After research stays in England, the United States, and France, he became a professor at the Technical University in Munich in 1980. Since 2018 he is the Director emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1985 for the discovery of the quantum Hall effect. His present research activities concentrate on quantum transport in low dimensional electronic systems.
He has published more than 500 papers and received a large number of national and international awards. He holds 22 honorary degrees. He is a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina and a foreign member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of London, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
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