Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Wolf
Université de Genève
Jean-Pierre Wolf studied Physics at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, where he received his PhD in 1987 under the direction of Ludger Woeste. He then contributed with Ludger to the creation of the Centre d’Applications Laser, and led the Lidar group within this new Center. In 1989, he followed Ludger to Berlin and became a C1-habilitant at the FU-Berlin. Together with Ludger, he then co-founded the start-up company Elight Laser Systems in Teltow, which became the worldwide leader in manufacturing and selling Lidar systems. In 1993, he became full Professor at the University of Lyon, and also visiting Professor at Yale University (1999-2000). In 2005, he moved to the University of Geneva (Applied Physics), where he leads today a group of 23 collaborators. His activities concentrate on coherent control of biological systems, advanced non-linear microscopy, and atmospheric applications of high power lasers and filamentation. In this context, he co-founded the Teramobile Project in 1999 with Ludger, Roland Sauerbrey and Andre Mysyrowicz. He was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant in 2011 and an ERC PoC Grant in 2014, the best EU-Project on Nano Material in 2015, the Prix La Recherche 2005, the Grand Prix de Physique de l’Academie des Sciences (F) in 2002, and the Technology Award of the Land Berlin-Brandenburg in 1993. He was elected as member of the Institut Universitaire de France in 1996 and NATO Senior Fellow in 2000.