Reimar Lüst

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Reimar Lüst
Born (1923-03-25) 25 March 1923 (age 96)
Alma materFrankfurt/Main, University of Göttingen, University of Chicago, Princeton
Known forDirector General of the ESA
Scientific career

Reimar Lüst (born 25 March 1923 in Wuppertal, Germany) is a German astrophysicist. He was the director general of the European Space Agency (ESA) from 1984 until 1990.[1] Dr. Lüst received degrees in physics from Göttingen, Chicago and Princeton University and was a professor at New York, MIT and Caltech before he became the director general of the ESA.[2]

Early life[edit]

Reimar Lüst was born on 25 March 1923 in Wuppertal-Barmen, Germany.[1] He began formal education at the age of 10 at the Humanistisches Gymnasium in Kassel, but his education was interrupted in 1941 by military service for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine.[1] In the military, Dr. Lüst served as a Lieutenant Engineer on submarines.[1] He became a prisoner-of-war (POW) in England and the USA from 1943 to 1946.[1]


After being released from England and the USA as a POW, Dr. Lüst returned to his education in 1946.[1] He received his BS in Physics from the University of Frankfurt/Main in 1949. He then went on to receive his Doctorate from the University of Göttingen in 1951. Later, Dr. Lüst was selected as a Fulbright Fellow at the Enrico Fermi Institute of the University of Chicago and at Princeton University in 1955 through 1956.[1]


During Tenth anniversary of Jacobs University Bremen, the highlights of the ceremony was the bestowal of Jacobs University’s first honorary doctorate to astrophysicist Reimar Lüst for his outstanding achievements in space research as well as his successes as science manager. The award further recognizes Lüst’s key role in the planning and development of Jacobs University: As chairman of the planning committee and the Founding Board of Governors at University. Lüst was pivotal in shaping the university’s unique profile which is now rated among Best German University by CHE (



  1. ^ a b c d e f g "ESA - About ESA - Reimar Lüst". ESA. December 11, 2007. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  2. ^ Herzberg, Philipp. "Who is Reimar Lüst". The Pulse of the World. Retrieved April 7, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Editor, ÖGV. (2015). Wilhelm Exner Medal. Austrian Trade Association. ÖGV. Austria.

3. Jacobs University:

Preceded by
Adolf Butenandt
Director of Max Planck Society
Succeeded by
Heinz Staab