FRM II – a magnet for top scientists and guests
Even during the facilities’ construction phase Winfried Petry already initiated guided tours for interested visitors. Meanwhile about 3.500 people annually come to learn about how FRM II works. The opening to scientists from all over the world was clear to him from the very beginning. He is convinced: “A high-flux neutron source has to attract the best scientists because scientific excellence thrives on competition. The latter is not just rivalry but also cooperation and mutual stimulation.”
Work Life Balance as an Emeritus
Being asked if he misses his old job, considering the long period of service, he replies almost as expected: “Yes, a little bit but I am really holding myself back.” He is equally excited about the newfound free time. Meanwhile, four days a week are dedicated to his family – especially to his four grandchildren.
However, he cannot and does not want to let go completely. He now is a ‘Tue-Wed-Thu professor’, a professor who only shows up at the institute on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, he smiles, “Actually this has a somewhat negative reputation. But I am hoping not in my case. As an Emeritus I am enjoying the newfound freedom of being at the FRM II only three days a week. Nonetheless, I do have considerably more time for my nine remaining doctoral students.”
Diploma Physics 1976
Has studied Physics at TUM from 1970 until 1976. Subsequently, he obtained a doctorate degree from Hahn Meitner Institute at Freie Universität Berlin. Then ten years of learning at the renowned Institute Laue-Langevin, the European High Flux Reactor, followed. In 1992 he completed his postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation) at LMU Munich and was appointed professor at TUM.
In 1996 he was made Dean of the Physics Department. Between 2002 and 2018 he was the Scientific Director of the Heinz Maier Leibnitz Neutron Research Facility (FRM II), from 2011 until 2018 he was the Director of the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum.
Professor Dr. Winfried Petry was appointed TUM Emeritus of Excellence by TUM president Prof. Dr. Wolfgang A. Herrmann in 2018.