Richard M. Weiner

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Richard M. Weiner

Richard M. Weiner (born 6 February 1930) is a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Marburg in Marburg, Germany and an associate of the Laboratoire de Physique Théorique at Paris-Sud 11 University in Orsay, France.


Weiner was born 1930 in Czernowitz, former Romania (presently Chernivtsi, Ukraine). He is a survivor of the Czernowitz ghetto.

Weiner got his PhD in Physics at the University of Bucharest in 1958, and from 1951 to 1968 he worked as a research scientist at the Physics Institute of the Romanian Academy of Sciences. Because of his intention to leave the Romanian communist regime, he was retrograded and denied an exit visa, being one of the first refuseniks of Central and Eastern Europe. His 1969 flight from communist Romania and joining CERN made headlines in the media.[1]

Past affiliations: Indiana University (US), Imperial College (UK), Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA)
Research areas: Atomic, nuclear and particle physics


Richard Weiner predicted the isomeric shift [2][3][4] which has found wide applications in many fields of physics.[5][6]

He also predicted the hot spot effect in subatomic physics[7] and has made important contributions to the theory of Bose–Einstein correlations being also the author of the first and so far only textbook on Bose–Einstein correlations.[8] He was the initiator and co-organizer of the series of meetings LESIP.[9][10] His book Analogies in Physics and Life, A scientific Autobiography was reviewed by prominent scientists as a unique testament of an important physicist (cf.[1][11][12]).

Weiner supervised Ph D theses by Norbert Stelte, Michael Plümer, Udo Ornik, Fernando Navara, Bernhard Schlei, Nelly Arbex and had as Postdoctoral collaborators among others Sibaji Raha, Apostolos Vourdas, Fred Pottag, Leonid Razumov.

Weiner has over 180 publications in scientific journals and books. He also published a science-fiction novel in German Das Miniatom-Projekt[13] that was well received by the German and Swiss media.[14][15] For reviews see for example He was asked for interviews, among others by the Frankfurter Rundschau [14] and was invited by Hessischer Rundfunk within the series Doppelkopf dedicated to renowned personalities.[16]

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  1. ^ a b Richard M. Weiner (2008). Analogies in Physics and Life, A Scientific Autobiography. World Scientific. 
  2. ^ R. M. Weiner (1956). Nuovo Cimento. 4: 1587. doi:10.1007/bf02746390.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ R. M. Weiner (1959). "Charge Distribution of Excited Isomeric Nuclei and Atomic Spectra (The Nuclear Isomeric Shift)". Physical Review. 114: 256. Bibcode:1959PhRv..114..256W. doi:10.1103/PhysRev.114.256. 
  4. ^ R. M. Weiner (1958). Zhur. Eksptl. I Teoret. Fiz. 35: 284.  Missing or empty |title= (help) translated in Soviet Physics JETP. 35 (8): 196. 1959.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ D. A. Shirley (1961). "Nuclear Applications of Isomeric Shifts". In D. H. Compton and A. H. Schoen. Proceedings of the International Conference on the Mössbauer Effect. Saclay: John Wiley & Sons. p. 258. 
  6. ^ S. L. Ruby (1978). G. K. Shenoy and F. E. Wagner, eds. Mössbauer Isomer Shifts. North Holland. p. 1. 
  7. ^ R. M. Weiner (1974). "Asymmetry in Peripheral Production Processes". Physical Review Letters. 32 (11): 630. Bibcode:1974PhRvL..32..630W. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.32.630. 
  8. ^ R. M. Weiner (2000). Introduction to Bose–Einstein Correlations and Subatomic Interferometry. John Wiley & Sons. 
  9. ^ D. Scott and R. M. Weiner (1985). Local Equilibrium in Strong Interaction Physics (LESIP I). World Scientific. ISBN 9971-978-06-7. 
  10. ^ M. Plümer, S. Raha and R. M. Weiner (1990). Correlations and Multiparticle Production-CAMP, (LESIP IV). World Scientific. ISBN 981-02-0331-4. 
  11. ^ ASIN 981270471
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  13. ^ Richard M. Weiner (2007). Das Miniatom-Projekt (in German). 
  14. ^ a b Frankfurter Rundschau, February 14, 2007.
  15. ^ Neue Zürcher Zeitung, October 31, 2007.
  16. ^ Doppelkopf

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