Prof. Dr. Hermann Lühr

Prof. Dr. Hermann Lühr

Function and Responsibilities:

Senior Scientist at GFZ, German Research Centre for Geosciences

Working Group Leader, "External Magnetic Fields, Satellite Missions"

Research Interests:

  • Geomagnetism,
  • magnetospheric/ionospheric physics,
  • plasma physics,
  • current systems,
  • upper atmosphere,
  • space weather,
  • instrument development.


1996 - present            Senior Scientist, GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ, Potsdam,
Section 2.3 “Earth’s Magnetic field”

1996 - present             Professor of Geophysics, Techn. University Braunschweig

1992 & 1994 (March) Visiting Scientist, Space Magnetism, Faculty of Science,
Kyoto University, Japan     

1990 – 1995               Associate Professor, Inst. of Geophysics and Meteorology,
Techn. University Braunschweig

1983 – 1990               Assistent Professor, Inst. of Geophysics and Meteorology,
Techn. University Braunschweig

1974 – 1983               Research Assistent, Inst. of Geophysics and Meteorology,
Techn. University Braunschweig



  • Studies of Physics, Techn. University Braunschweig, Diploma, Dec. 1973
  • Doctor rerum naturum, Techn. University Braunschweig, May 1980
  • Habilitation, venia legendi in Geophysics, Techn. University Braunschweig, Feb. 1990


1975 – 1989            Experimenter for magnetic field measurements on 20 sounding rockets in
5 different campaigns

1983 – 1991            Principal Investigator of the Magnetic Field Team on the German/US satellite AMPTE-IRM

1988 - present         Co-Experimenter in the Magnetic Field Teams of the satellites missions
Freja, Equator-S, Cluster and Ørsted

1990 – 1995            Principle Investigator of the ground-based magnetometer network IMAGE
in Northern Europe

1996 - 2000            Head of the Magnetic Field Team of the German satellite CHAMP

1996 - 2008            CHAMP Payload and Mission Manager

2000 - present         Principal Investigator, CHAMP Magnetic Field Investigations

                                  and Head of the CHAMP Science Operation System

2004 - present        Co-Principal Investigator of ESA’s Earth Observation Mission SWARM.

2008 – present        Project Director of the CHAMP mission

2009 – present        Head of German SWARM Project Office


Research Boards and Committees:

1990 - 1996 & 2000   Member of the Peer Group at the German Aerospace Center (DLR)
for the evaluation of extraterrestrial research projects

1998 - 2002             Member of the Technical Review Boards for the US/German satellite project GRACE (GRAvity and Climate change Experiment)

2002 - 2005            Founding Member of the Coordination Committee of CEDIM (Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology)

2002 - present        Member of ESA’s Mission Advisory Group for the SWARM satellite project

2008 - 2010            Associate Editor of AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research, Space Physics

2008 – present        Member of Board of Trustees „Wernher-von-Braun Foundation for Support of Space Sciences“, Berlin

2009 – present        German delegate of the ISO Aerospace Standards Committee

2010 – present        Board Member of the Copernicus e.V., publication and conference provider

2011 – present        Member of the International Advisory Committee for the "Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific", India


1986                           NASA, AMPTE Team Group Achievement Award

1999                           TERMA, Ørsted Team Achievement Award

2003                           Wernher-von-Braun Medal, German Aero-Space Society

2004                           Hungarian Academy of Sciences:
Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

2004                           NASA, Cluster Science Team Group Achievement Award

2010                           Fellow of the American Geophysical Union

2011                           Julius-Bartels Medal of the European Geoscience Union

2012                           GFZ award: Senior Scientist of the Year 2011