In memoriam Prof. Dr. Paul Müller

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With great sadness we learned that our former colleague, Professor Paul Müller, passed away at the age of 74.

Paul Müller’s life and career was strongly bound to the Physics Department at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. He studied physics and received his doctorate in Erlangen in 1980. Afterwards, he moved to Munich to work at the Technical University Munich and later Walther Meissner Institute for Low-Temperature Research, where he obtained his habilitation in 1994. In 1995, he returned to Erlangen to become Chair of Experimental Physics at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität.

His research was devoted to different aspects of high-temperature superconductivity, the intrinsic Josephson effect, c-axis transport, tunneling spectroscopy, and electron doping, just to name a few. His research activities were not limited to superconductivity only, but covered a broad range of condensed-matter physics, for instance the physics of nanomagnets, carbon-based electronics, surface physics, and many more. In 1994 he was awarded the Walter Schottky Prize of the German Physical Society, which rewards outstanding researchin solid-state physics.

Paul Müller’s drive to find new effects and understand newly discovered phenomena made his Chair an exciting place to work. He always attracted talented researchers from all over the world and supported them in their scientific activities. He was an engaged teacher and contributed significantly to educating and preparing excellent scientists in physics and engineering. We remember him as a distinguished adviser who, with his boundless experience, could always point to solutions that were not evident for all of us.

The Physics Department will honor Professor Müller’s memory with gratitude and appreciation. Our sympathy and deepest condolences go to the family and friends of Paul Müller.