Gisbert Winnewisser (1936-2011) was one of a well known trio of spectroscopic Winnewissers. His initial scientific career (like that of Manfred and Brenda Winnewisser) was considerably influenced by the period in the laboratory of Walter Gordy at Duke University, Durham, USA. He obtained his PhD in Durham and then spent several years at the National Research Council laboratory in Ottawa, Canada that was headed by Gerhard Herzberg.
The grounding in mm-wave laboratory spectroscopy and in astrophysical spectroscopy obtained in North America set Gisbert Winnewisser upon a distinguished career on his return to Germany. He was first at the Max Planck Institut fur Radioastronomie, and from 1979 at the University of Cologne. He became the director of the I. Physikalisches Institut and formally retired in 2001. Gisbert Winnewisser made this Institute into one one of the world’s most active and innovative centers for laboratory molecular spectroscopy at mm to THz frequencies and for the development of instrumentation for millimeter-wave radio astronomy.
A biography of Gisbert Winnewisser appeared in Journal of Molecular Structure on the occasion of his 70th birthday: . The full text of the original: Stepan Urban, Thomas F. Giessen, Per Jensen, J.Mol.Struct. 795 (2006) 1–3 is reproduced here by permission from Elsevier.
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