About Us

Information about the people behind Einstein Online – from the editorial team and our authors to the scientific advisory council.

Publisher

Einstein-Online is published by the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam, Germany.

Editorial board

Jens Kube

Jens Kube is a trained astrophysicist and a freelance science communicator. Since 2018, he is the editor for Einstein-online.

Elke Müller

is research coordinator at the Albert Einstein Institut. She is responsible for all organizational issues regarding the Einstein Online website.

Denise Müller-Dum

is a geoscientist and science communicator based in Bremen, Germany.

Markus Pössel

is the managing scientist at Haus der Astronomie, the Center for Astronomy Education and Outreach in Heidelberg, and senior outreach scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy. He initiated Einstein Online.

Screendesign / Programmierung

Daniela Leitner

is a German Communication Designer with a great passion for explaining science. She developed the screen design and illustrations for Einstein Online.

Jan Scharein

is responsible for the maintenance and web programming on Einstein Online – part of his responsibilities as web programmer for the Max Planck Campus in Golm/Potsdam, where the Albert Einstein Institute is situated.

Authors

Peter Aufmuth

is a scientist at the Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover who is involved in the maintenance and development of the gravitational wave detector GEO600.

Carsten Aulbert

is a scientist at the Albert Einstein Institute in Hanover.

Martin Barstow

is a professor of astrophysics and space science at the University of Leicester. His research interests are hot white dwarfs, the interstellar medium, and the development and their observation.

Matthias Bartelmann

is a professor for theoretical physics at the Center for Astronomy of Heidelberg University. His research is concerned, among other things, with cosmology and gravitational lensing.

Matthias Bartelmann

is a professor for theoretical physics at the Center for Astronomy of Heidelberg University. His research is concerned, among other things, cosmology and gravitational lensing.

Andreas Bauch

is head of the “Dissemination of Time” working group at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt in Braunschweig.

Martin Bojowald

is a physics professor at Pennsylvania State University with a research focus on cosmological applications of loop quantum gravity.

Carl H. Brans

is J. C. Carter Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics at Loyola University in New Orleans and co-inventor of Jordan-Brans-Dicke theory, an extension of general relativity.

Marco Cavaglià

is a professor of physics at the Missouri University of Science & Technology. His research interests are quantum gravity and cosmology.

Piotr Chrusciel

is a professor of gravitational physics at the University of Vienna. His research covers a wide range of mathematical topics related to Einstein’s equations.

Tim Dietrich

Tim Dietrich is a theoretical astrophysicist and professor at the University of Potsdam (Germany).

Virginia Dippel

used to work as a scientist at the Albert Einstein Institute in Potsdam.

José Antonio Font Roda

is a professor of physics at the University of Valencia. His research interests are numerical relativistic (magneto)-hydrodynamics and numerical relativity.

David Garfinkle

David Garfinkle is a professor of physics at Oakland University with a focus on numerical relativity.

Robert H. Gowdy

is an Associate Professor of Physics at Virginia Commonwealth University with a research focus on the geometrical properties of spacetimes.

Gerhard Heinzel

Gerhard Heinzel is a physicist at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hanover and leader of the space interferometry research group.

Magdalena Kersting

Magdalena Kersting is a physics educator and science communicator.

Benjamin Knispel

is an astrophysicist and press officer at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Hanover, Germany.

Ute Kraus

is a professor of physic at Hildesheim University.

Badri Krishnan

is a physicist and professor at the Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics and Particle Physics at Radboud University, The Netherlands.

Andrzej Krolak

is a professor at the Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His area of research encompasses gravitation and general relativity.

Jens Kube

Jens Kube is a trained astrophysicist and a freelance science communicator. Since 2018, he is the editor for Einstein-online.

Bernhard List

is a former member of the geometric analysis group at Albert Einstein Institute in Potsdam.

Jorma Louko

is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Nottingham. His main research interest is quantum gravity, including quantum cosmology.

Bernd Machenschalk

is a computer scientist at the Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover, where he works on the data analysis of the gravitational wave detectors LIGO and GEO600. He is a major contributor to the Einstein@Home project.

Emanuel Malek

Emanuel Malek is a theoretical physicst, working on various aspects of string theory, at Humboldt University Berlin.

Andreas Müller

is a physicist and science writer.

Denise Müller-Dum

is a geoscientist and science communicator based in Bremen, Germany.

Markus Pössel

is the managing scientist at Haus der Astronomie, the Center for Astronomy Education and Outreach in Heidelberg, and senior outreach scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy. He initiated Einstein Online.

Reinhard Prix

is a scientist at the Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover. His research interests include neutron stars and the detection of gravitational waves. He is one of the developers of the Einstein@Home project.

Alan Rendall

is professor of mathematics at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.

Albrecht Rüdiger
Tilman Sauer

is a physics professor at Lesley University, Cambridge (USA). He is Senior Scientific Editor of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, the Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute of Technology.

Gerhard Schäfer

Gerhard Schäfer is Professor of Theoretical Physics and Relativistic Astrophysics at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena.

Irwin Shapiro

is the Timken University Professor at Harvard University and a Senior Scientist of the Smithsonian Institution.

Steven Shapiro

is a physics professor at Lesley University, Cambridge (USA).

Masaru Shibata

Masaru Shibata is director of the department Computational Relativistic Astrophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam and professor at the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Japan.

Lee Smolin

s a long-term researcher at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada, and an adjoint professor at the University of Waterloo. His main research interest is in quantum gravity, with a particular focus on loop quantum gravity.

Rafael Sorkin

is emeritus professor of physics at Syracuse University, New York State, and a senior researcher at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada. His research focuses on the causal set hypothesis as the basis of a theory of quantum gravity.

Stefan Theisen

is a research group leader at Albert Einstein Institute with a research focus on string theory.

Thomas Thiemann

is a professor of physics at Erlangen University. His research is concerned with all aspects of loop quantum gravity.

Virginia Trimble

is a professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine, and staff astronomer at Las Cumbres Observatory. Her research interests are the structure and evolution of stars, galaxies, and the universe, and of the communities of scientists who study them.

Claes Uggla

is a professor of theoretical physics at Karlstad University.

Achim Weiss

Achim Weiss is a scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching near Munich, in Germany. His main area of research is stellar physics.

Scientific Advisory Board

The members of the scientific advisory board are responsible for quality assurance on Einstein Online. They review all new material that is added to the website. In addition, they suggest new “spotlights on relativity” and suitable authors.

Alan Rendall

is professor of mathematics at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.

Bernard Schutz

is a Director Emeritus at the Albert Einstein Institute in Potsdam. His main research interest is in the physics and detection of gravitational waves.

Stefan Theisen

is a research group leader at Albert Einstein Institute with a research focus on string theory.

Thomas Thiemann

is a professor of physics at Erlangen University. His research is concerned with all aspects of loop quantum gravity.

Special thanks to …

Marilyn Daily for her invaluable editorial work on the English version of Elementary Einstein; Badri Krishnan and Dennis Pollney for their help with English translations; Luciano Rezzolla for acting as a reviewer; Susanne Milde and the kind people of Milde Marketing Science Communication for their support with public relations.

The IT department at Albert Einstein Institute for their continuing support of this website.

Einstein Online will always remember Jürgen Ehlers (1929-2008), who was the founding director of Albert Einstein Institute in Potsdam. His research covered a diversity of aspects of general relativity. His continued support and advice have been invaluable for making this web portal what it is. Further information, including an obituary, can be found here.