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  • Galactic and Extragalactic Star Formation
  • Massive Stars, Triggered Star Formation
  • The origin of stellar masses and the IMF
  • Protostars, Circumstellar Disks and Jets
  • Young Binary Stars, Young Star Clusters
  • Direct Imaging Search for Exo-Planets
  • Science with Extremely Large Telescopes
  • Infrared Astronomy, ground-based and space
  • 122 papers in refereed journals
  • 118 papers in conference Proc.
  • 53 papers in IAU Symp./Coll.
  • 96 talks since 2002
  • Hirsch citation index =40
Postgraduate work
1995  now Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (AIP)
  Scientific Staff
  Sabbatical: ESO/Santiago (April / May 2003)
1990 - 1995 Universität Würzburg, Institut für Astronomie & Astrophysik
  -German Science Foundation (DFG) Fellow
  -1991 visiting scientist at ESO, La Silla /Chile (3 Months)
  -1994 Inst. for Theor. Astrophysics, Heidelberg (3 Months)
1990 University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy, Honolulu
  -Guest Scientist and Lecturer (1 Semester)
1987 - 1989 MPI für Extraterrestrische Physik, Garching
  -Scientific Staff, in the Infrared and X-ray Astronomy Groups
1983 - 1987 Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
  -Post Doctoral Fellow (Royal Society and DFG) - Scientific Staff
1981 - 1983 MPI für Extraterrestrische Physik, Garching
  -Scientific Staff
1977 - 1981 MPI für Extraterrestrische Physik, Garching
  -Ph.D. in Astrophysics (summa cum laude)
Dissertation Topic: -The Stellar Initial Mass Function
Ph.D. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. K. Pinkau, Dr. S. Drapatz
1971 - 1977 Technische Universität München, Department of Physics
  -Diploma in Theoretical Physics (summa cum laude)
Thesis Topic: -Quantization of a Nonlinear Scalar Field Equation
Diploma Supervisor: Priv.Doz. Dr. L. Castell
1969 - 1971 Military Service
1960 - 1969 Gymnasium in Dinkelsbühl / Franconia, Abitur
Committee Work
2007 - Member of the ESA Astronomy Working Group
2004 - OPTICON and ESO-ELT Science Working Group
2003 / 2007 Referee in the HST Time Allocation Committee
1998 - 2000 Advisor of the ESO Observing Programme Committee
1998 Advisory Committee on the Future of Calar Alto
1997 - 2000 President of IAU Commission 26 Double & Multiple Stars
1994 - 1997 Vice President of IAU Commission 26
1996 Member of the VLT/CONICA Instrument Science Team
1992 German Representative in the ESO Users Committee
Invited Lecture Courses
2003 / 2008 European Southern Observatory, Santiago de Chile
  -senior visiting scientist, lectures on "Massive Star Formation"
2005 University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
  -lecture course "Star Formation and Early Stellar Evolution"
1999 Swiss Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics
  -29th Saas-Fee Course Star Formation in Galaxies
Lecture series on "Observations of Young Stellar Objects"
1998 / 1999 Technische Universität Berlin und Freie Universität Berlin
  -"Theory and Observations of Young Stars"
1998 University of Sao Paulo /Brasil
-5 Lectures on "Star Formation"
Scientific Conference Organization
Sept. 2007 The Astrophysical Science Cases at Dome C in Antarctica
(2nd ARENA EC network conference) held in Potsdam
  -Chair SOC and Chief Editor
May 2004 IMF@50: The Initial Mass Function - 50 years after
(in honor of Ed Salpeter)
  -Co-chair SOC, Co-editor (with F. Palla & E. Corbelli)
Sept. 2003 DFG Discussion Meeting
-Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems:
the Solar System and Extrasolar Systems
  -Science and Local Organisor at AIP Potsdam
April 2000 IAU Symposium 200 "The Formation of Binary Stars"
  -Co-chair SOC, Co-editor (with R.B. Mathieu)
  -Co-editor of the poster Proc. IAU Symp. 200
Sept. 1995 X-ray Centennial Conference
-Röntgenstrahlung from the Universe,
University of Würzburg
  -Local Co-organiser
Sept. 1991 Vulcano Workshop (Mem. S.A. It. Vol. 62, No. 4)
-Young Star Clusters and Early Stellar Evolution
  -Co-editor (with F. Palla & P. Persi)
  -Local Co-organiser
Weitere Angaben:

International Prize Committees :

  • Balzan Prize (2006)
  • Crafoord Prize (2007)
  • Tycho Brahe Prize (2008, EAS)

Observing Experience:

  • Ground-Based Telescopes:
    Calar Alto 3.5m, ESO 3.6m, UKIRT 3.8m, AAT 3.9m, Kitt Peak 4m, SAO 6m, Baade 6.5m, ESO-VLT&VLTI, Keck, IRAM, ATCA
  • Satellite Platforms:

Supervision Of Phd Students:

Morten Andersen
Wolfgang Brandner
Dijana Dominis
Nicolas Lodieu
Dieter Nürnberger
Thomas Preibisch
Jan Ruppert
Thomas Stanke


  • Jubilee Award of the University of Würzburg (1993)
  • Erskine Fellowship, UC Christchurch, New Zealand (2005)

Selected Papers and Reviews :

Predicted protostellar mass spectrum in the Orion near-infrared cluster
(Zinnecker 1982)

A statistical theory of the log-normal Initial Mass Function
(Zinnecker 1984)

Visual binaries among pre-Main Sequence stars
(Reipurth & Zinnecker 1993)

The initial stellar population
(Zinnecker, McCaughrean, &Wilking 1993)

X-ray emission from Herbig Ae/Be stars: A ROSAT survey
(Zinnecker & Preibisch 1994)

A symmetrically pulsed H2 jet in Orion
(Zinnecker, McCaughrean, & Rayner 1998)

On the formation of massive stars
(Bonnell, Bate, & Zinnecker 1998)

The history of low-mass star formation in the Upper Scorpius OB association
(Preibisch & Zinnecker 1999, see also the review in IAU-S237 in 2007)

A search for young solar system analogues with the VLT
(Zinnecker et al. 1999)

A dynamical mass constraint for pre-Main Sequence evol. tracks
(Steffen et al. 2001)

The infrared luminosity function in the 30 Doradus cluster
(Zinnecker et al. 2002)

Formation of massive binaries
(Zinnecker 2003)

Chances for earth-like planets and life around metal-poor stars
(Zinnecker 2004)

The formation of free-floating brown dwarves and planetary-mass objects by photo-erosion of prestellar cores
(Whitworth & Zinnecker 2004)

The secrets of the nearest starburst cluster: the present-day mass function of NGC 3603
(Stolte et al. 2005)

The origin of massive O-type field stars: runaway stars?
(de Wit et al. 2005)

The birth of high-mass stars: accretion and/or mergers?
(Bally & Zinnecker 2005)

Search for giant extrasolar planets around white dwarfs: direct imaging with NICMOS/HST and NACO/VLT
(Zinnecker et al. 2006)

Reviews at Protostars and Planets V (Hawaii):

  • The low-mass populations in OB-associations (Briceno et al. 2007)
  • The formation of brown dwarfs (Whitworth et al. 2007)
  • The origin of the Initial Mass Function (Bonnell, Larson, & Zinnecker 2007)

Toward Understanding Massive Star Formation
(Zinnecker & Yorke 2007, Ann.Rev.A&A)