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Klaus von Klitzing

The Academia Europaea Wrocław Knowledge Hub invited all interested parties the lecture by Prof. Klaus von Klitzing, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics, which took place on April 17, 2018 (02:00 pm) at the Congress Centre of Wrocław University of Science and Technology.

The title of the lecture was “A New Kilogram in 2019: The Biggest Revolution in Metrology since the French Revolution”.

Prof. Klaus von Klitzing, the director of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, was born in 1943 in Środa Śląska He earned his PhD title in Physics at the Technical University at Braunschweig and continued his studies at the University of Wurzburg. In 1980, von Klitzing left the University of Wurzburg to take a position as a professor at the Technical University in Munich, Germany. While he was there, he garnered many awards for his research into the Hall effect. He was awarded the Walter-Schottley Prize of the German Physical Society in 1981, and the Hewlett Packard Prize of the European Physical Society in 1982. He stayed at the University of Munich until December 1984. In 1985, he went on to become the director of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart. In 1982, some researchers at Bell Labs in New York discovered that the von Klitzing constant worked not only for integers, which is what he had researched, but also for fractions of the quantum Hall effect. Those were equally important discoveries, but could not have been found had it not been for von Klitzing’s original research. The research brought von Klitzing back into the public eye, and so, for his earlier discovery, von Klitzing was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1985. It was a rather belated but welcome acknowledgment of the researcher’s work.

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More information about the lecture can be found on the website of the Interdisciplinary Seminars of Wrocław University of Science and Technology.

The Interdisciplinary Scientific Seminar of Wrocław University of Science and Technology

The lecture of Prof. von Klitzing was organised as part of a cycle of open meetings, held by Wrocław University of Science and Technology under the name of the Interdisciplinary Scientific Seminar. The meetings present lectures of globally known speakers and aim to attract broad audiences – students, PhD students, scientific staff, and all other people interested in broadening their knowledge of strict sciences.


The University of Science and Technology every month hosts one expert, who talks about most recent research in his field.
Detailed information about the Seminar is available at the Seminar webite (in Polish).