Thomas GÃ¶rnitz is Professor for Didactics of Physics at the Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main (Germany).
He holds the distinction of being the first German to be awarded a prize at the International Math Olympics. He studied physics and mathematics in Leipzig, East Germany, receiving a doctoral degree in mathematical physics. After applying for permission to leave the communist country, he worked as a grave digger. He was finally able to settle in Munich with his family, working with Carl Friedrich v. Weizcker on fundamental questions of quantum physics and cosmology. Afterward, he worked on the Institute for Mathematical Physics at the Braunschweig Polytechnical University. He is a recipient of the Michael and Biserka Baum Prize for his basic research on fundamental questions of physics. GÃ¶rnitz is president of the Carl Friedrich v. Weizscker Society.
His research focuses on the implications of quantum theory for our understanding of the universe and the role of mankind in it.
Publications: C. F. v. Weizscker: Twentieth Century Thinker (1992), Quanta Are Different (1999) and (with Brigitte GÃ¶rnitz) The Creative Cosmos: Mind and Matter from Quantum Information (2002) The Evolution of Mind: Quantum physics, Consciousness, Religion (2008)(till now all in German).