Peter C. Aichelburg

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Peter C. Aichelburg
Born (1941-11-09) 9 November 1941 (age 75)
Vienna, Greater German Reich (present-day Austria)
Nationality Austrian
Fields Theoretical physics
Institutions University of Vienna, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Universidad Simón Bolívar, University of the Andes, Colombia, University of Texas at Austin, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Isaac Newton Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara
Alma mater University of Vienna
Thesis [1967 „Das Anfangswertproblem eines harmonischen Oszillators im Strahlungsfeld"]
Doctoral advisor Walter Thirring
Known for contributions to general relativity

Peter C. Aichelburg (born 9 November 1941) is an Austrian physicist well known for his contributions to general relativity, particularly for his joint work with Roman Sexl on the Aichelburg–Sexl ultraboost[1] of the Schwarzschild vacuum.


Peter Aichelburg is the second child of Ludwig Aichelburg (born 1917) and Martha Michalek (born 1920), a descendant of the Bohemian line of the House of Aichelburg[2] from Carinthia.

Lectures by Walter Thirring influenced him to pursue theoretical problems. He was a postdoc at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy from 1968 to 1969.[3] In an interview he recounts that his father was surprised that after such difficult studies he did not immediately obtain a tenured position.

Before his retirement in November 2007 Aichelburg taught at the University of Vienna, where he held a position in the Institute of Theoretical Physics.


  • Aichelburg, Peter C.; Sexl, Roman U. (1979). Albert Einstein: his influence on physics, philosophy and politics. Braunschweig; Wiesbaden: "Published under the auspices of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation". ISBN 3-528-08425-1. 


  1. ^ Aichelburg, P. C. & Sexl, R. U. (1971). "On the gravitational field of a massless particle". Gen. Rel. Grav. 2 (4): 203. Bibcode:1971GReGr...2..303A. doi:10.1007/BF00758149. 
  2. ^ Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Band 12 (1988)
  3. ^ Wissenschaftliche Laufbahn Peter C Aichelburg

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