You are here:   

Home / People / Lecturers / Prof. Dr. Harald Lesch

Prof. Dr. Harald Lesch

Professor Dr. Harald Lesch is Professor for Theoretical Astrophysics at the Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics of Ludwigs-Maximilians University Munich since 1995. He holds a doctoral degree from the Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn (1987) where he worked at the Max-Planck-Institute for Radioastronomy from 1984 to 1988. He worked at that time on nonlinear plasma processes in active galactic nuclei. From 1988 until 1991 he was research associate at the Landessternwarte in Heidelberg. His research subject was plasma astrophysics with special emphasis on galactic dynamos. In 1988 he was awarded with the Otto-Hahn-medal of the Max-Planck-Society. From 1991 until 1995 he was again at the MPI in Bonn, where he finished his habilitation thesis about galactic dynamics and magnetic fields in 1994, the same year he received the Bennigsen-Foerder-award of the government of Nordrhein-Westfalia. In between in 1992 he was visiting professor at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics in Toronto, where he started his work on pulsar radiation. Since 1995 he is professor for theoretical astrophysics leading a group of 4 postdocs and 3 students. The central research subject is relativistic high energy plasma astrophysics.

Research interests:

  • Relativistic high energy plasma astrophysics
  • Pulsar emission mechanisms
  • TeV emission from AGN
  • Plasma neutral gas interaction in the ISM
  • Magnetic reconnection


Contact Address:

Prof. Dr. Harald Lesch
Universitätssternwarte der LMU
Scheinerstrasse 1
D-81679 MĂĽnchen, Germany

E-Mail: lesch @

Fax: +49-89-2180-6003