Univ.-Prof. Prof. h.c. Prof. cs. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h.c. Ulrich Walter


Current Position

Dr. Ulrich Walter, born in 1954, has been Full Professor of Astronautics at the Technical University of Munich since 2003.

Professional Experience

Walter is the author of ten popular science books in German language

  1. In 90 Minuten um die Erde, Stürtz Verlag, 1997
  2. Zivilisationen im All, Spektrum Verlag, 1999
  3. Außerirdische und Astronauten, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, 2001
  4. Zu Hause im Universum, Rowohlt Verlag, 2002
  5. Im Schwarzen Loch ist der Teufel los, Komplett Media Verlag, 2016, Spiegel-Bestseller
  6. Höllenritt durch Raum und Zeit, Komplett Media Verlag, 2017, Spiegel-Bestseller
  7. Eine andere Sicht auf die Welt, Komplett Media Verlag, 2018
  8. Die verrückte Welt der Physik, Komplett Media Verlag, 2022, Spiegel-Bestseller
  9. Reiseziel Weltraum, Gräfe + Unzer Verlag, März 2023
  10. ORIGINS: Der Ursprung des Lebens, Gräfe + Unzer Verlag, Oktober 2023

and the English-language textbook:

Astronautics: The Physics of Space Flight, 3rd edition, Springer Verlag, 2018. (Due to its importance for universities, it is freely downloadable for students worldwide with a total of 2.81 million downloads to date.)

Presenter of the following popular science programs:

  • 1998-2003 Science program MaxQ on Bavarian television
  • 2011 Documentary series Unterwegs durchs All with Ulrich Walter with 6 episodes and other scientific-technical special programs on the National Geographic Channel.
  • 2013-2014 Documentary series Hubble Mission Universum on ServusTV with 8 episodes
  • 2013-2016 Weekly (192 in total) popular science columns on www.N24.de now www.Welt.de
  • 2014 Lecture series “Sterne und Kosmos” with 9 episodes for the public on YouTube
  • 2016-today documentary series Spacetime on WeltTV with 36 episodes to date available as German and English episodes on YouTube with up to 3.4 million views per program
  • 2022-today Official WeltTV presenter for space news programs
  • 2022-today With various articles knowledge expert on Focus Online

Honors and Awards

  • 1985-1987 DFG postdoctoral fellowship for the University of California, Berkeley
  • 1987 Selection as German Astronaut
  • 1993 Recipient of the Cross of Merit First Class of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Since 1999 Member of the Board of Trustees of the Deutsches Museum
  • 2003 Winner of the Golden Wernher von Braun Medal
  • 2005-2018 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Deutsches Museum
  • Since 2010 School sponsor of the Ulrich Walter School in Stuttgart
  • Since 2010 MINT Ambassador
  • 2012 Honorary doctorate from the National Technical University of Ukraine, Kiev
  • Since 2012 President of the Hermann Oberth Museum in Feucht
  • 2013 Honorary professorship of the National Pedagogical Dragomanov University of Ukraine
  • 2018 Consultant Professor at the Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, China
  • 2019 Awarded the Bavarian Order of Merit
  • Since 2020 Member of the Bavarian Ethics Council