Prof. Dr. Gerald Haug

President of Leopoldina / National Academy of Sciences

Prof. Dr. Gerald Haug is a climatologist, geologist and paleo-oceanographer. Since 1 March 2020 he has been President of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

Haug researches the development of the climate over the last millennia to millions of years, using sediment cores drilled out of the bottom of oceans and lakes. The chemical composition of the different sediment layers provides information about climatic conditions at the time when the respective layer was deposited – this is how Haug reconstructs historical climatic conditions and their changes. He also researches the interactions between climate and cultures. 

Gerald Haug has received several awards for his research. In 2007 he received the highly endowed Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG). The DFG had already awarded him the Albert Maucher Prize for Earth Sciences in 2001. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich honoured Haug with the Max Rössler Prize in 2010.

Haug studied geology in Karlsruhe and received his doctorate from the University of Kiel in 1995. He then completed postdoctoral research at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Canada) and at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (USA). From 1998 he was Research Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (USA). At the beginning of 2000 he became senior assistant at ETH Zurich (Switzerland), where he habilitated in 2002. In 2003 he took over the position of section head at the Geoforschungszentrum in Potsdam and was appointed professor at the University of Potsdam. In 2007 he was appointed full professor at ETH Zurich. Since 2015 he has been Director of the Department of Climate Geochemistry at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz and Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society.

Gerald Haug was accepted as a member of the Leopoldina in the Geosciences Section in 2012. As the elected representative of this section, he has been a member of the Academy's Senate since 2015. In 2016, the senators of all sections of Class I: Mathematics, Natural and Technical Sciences elected him spokesman for Class I. He has also been a member of the Academia Europaea since 2008 and of the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz since 2018.




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