Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h.c. Hans G. Danielmeyer

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Institut für Neuro- und Bioinformatik
Ratzeburger Allee 160 (Geb. 64)
23562 Lübeck

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Latest Talk

(held on the German Physical Society's 79th spring conference in Berlin 2015 (SOE 15.1/1)

Hans G. Danielmeyer and Thomas Martinetz: The Industrial Society's natural Sustainability. (PDF, 907K)


April 2 (2019) DPG Spring Meeting Regensburg

Hans G. Danielmeyer and Thomas Martinetz: Human Nature sysnchronizes and limits the Industrial Society.


Curriculum vitae

I learned and worked in five main areas for a self-organizing sequence of five decennia:

1954-65 TH Stuttgart: Factory worker (post war condition) at A. Stotz AG (steel foundry) and AEG AG (electrical parts). Got a life shaping “Bachelor” with basic exams in five faculties: physics (just being built up), math, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering. 59/60 Uni Göttingen: getting an idea for law, medicine, and theology. Master and Ph.D. with the only quantum theory to date for the interaction between acoustical and optical phonons (Prof. H. Haken), proven to be correct with ultrasound absorption 15-150 MHz (Prof. H.O. Kneser) in Br2 and other molecular crystals grown with different length between piezoelectric delay lines. Built a second version for analyzing chemical suspensions in ICI’s research Lab in Welwyn, UK.

1966-75 AT&T’s Bell Labs N J, on Crawford Hill (Rudi Kompfner’s Echo Satellite antennas for Penzias & Wilson’s Nobel Prize) and in the Holmdel Lab just being built for optical communication. Designed my first laser lab with a large vibration-isolated table and a simple crystal growth facility. Final paper:

    H. G. Danielmeyer, Progress in Nd:YAG Lasers. In: Lasers, A Series of Advances IV,
    A. K. Levine and A. J. De Maria (eds), Marcel Dekker Inc., 1975

(the first handbook article on stabilizing their operational modes).

1968-71 MBA Graduate School of Rutgers University in Newark, N J (evening curriculum with ΒΓΣ) . MBA thesis and consulting on corporate strategy in De Laval Turbine Inc., Trenton, N J. Invented the first laser where the active ion Nd3+ is not a small contamination but the decisive constituent of a single crystal, well shielded by the ligand fields of a non-metallic (P5O14)3- matrix. Continued 1972-75 with an extended sabbatical during the planning time of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Physics (Prof. Queisser). The pure Nd-crystal holds still the record of continuously amplifying light: 10-fold per optical wavelength (0.7 microns in the crystal).

1975-86 Uni Hamburg, Professor for Solid State Physics. Designed new courses with exercises and my third labs for new lasers and crystal growth. Simultaneous research contracts with the Lebedev Institute in Moscow, MIT’s Lincoln Lab in Boston, and Shandong University in Jinan as base for 45 talks on research management in China. Founded the area’s industrial “Panel for a North German Institute of Technology” (NIT). In 1977, the powerful German Science Council rejected Hamburg’s plan for a classical technical university but recommended an innovative combination of NIT’s flexible research structure with a smaller graduate version for a technical university without classical faculties. Learned architecture and civil engineering as Founding President of the new TU (reporting to the City state’s Senator H-J Sinn) and as founding CEO of Hamburg’s first technology park HIT e.V. (reporting to NIT‘s Panel as managing board). Serving for six years as member and chair for physics of the Large Project Division (SFBs) of Germany’s Research Society (DFG) in Bonn.

1987-96 Siemens AG Munich, member of the managing board. Reorganized corporate research from a holding of three classical divisions with one central sales division to 14 flexible business units with their own sales. The natural tool was a quarterly optimized matrix between central core technologies and road maps for the business unit’s markets. The longest external commitments were planning advice for the European Commission’s R&D Framework Programs 3 to 6 (1988-2004) and its ESPRIT Advisory Chair (free internet for everyone); Vice President of the Japanese-German Center Berlin (short-term presidents were former ambassadors of Japan in Germany) and member of the bi-national advisory group for both foreign ministries; 1976-2010 Fraunhofer Institute for Systems- and Innovations Research (ISI); initially it reviewed HIT’s effectiveness for Germany’s ministry of Research and Technology, thereafter I served as member of ISI’s external advisory board.

Since 2010: Quantifying the economy’s intrinsic dynamics (promised in 1971 to Paul Samuelson at the MBA graduation dinner). Final paper (invited by and dedicated to my Ph. D. advisor Prof. Haken):

    Danielmeyer H.G., Martinetz T. (2018) Industrial Society’s Natural Future. In: Meyers R. (eds),

    Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science. Springer, Heidelberg, Berlin, pdf doi.


This analytic theory agrees without fitting parameter with all available data on six continuous variables for optimal G7 level recoveries from national disasters and their convergence into a collective industrial evolution. Four variables are all but immune to national disasters; three of them quantify demand, the others supply. Every per capita quantity saturates with two final trade-offs: between annual spare and working time for enjoying and generating affluence, and between increasing and maintaining the value of the accumulated physical capital. The fourth dynamic subsystem has no choice: finance must accept per capita saturation of G7 level economic growth.

Retained Memberships

  • European Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
  • Physical Societies of USA and Germany (President 1995 & 96)