Walter Greiner's remarkably productive life of a brilliant scientist devoted to theoretical nuclear science during the last four decades is an example of an unparalleled success story. Many new topics in Nuclear Structure, Nuclear Reactions, Atomic Physics, and Particle Physics were initiated by him and he has been a leading scientist for many years, guiding the experiments, and other theoretical developments. One can mention some of them below.
Nuclear polarization in muonic atoms. Rotationvibration model. Dynamic collective model of giant resonances. Eigenchannel theory of the Smatrix nuclear reactions. Superheavy nuclei, structure, stability against fission, alpha decay and electron capture. Electronic structure of superheavies. Theory of nuclear molecules, coupled channel formulation of nuclear molecular reactions. The two center shell model which is fundamental for all fission and fusion processes. Generalized collective model (GneussGreiner model). Fragmentation theory. Prediction of the cold valley for fusion of superheavy elements.
Calculations of PES exhibiting the cold valleys for fusion, cold fission bimodal fission, cluster radioactivities, and alpha decay. Quantum Electro Dynamics of strong fields, spontaneous pair creation, superheavy quasimolecules. Supercritical fields in other areas like gravitation (Hawking radiation) and strong color fields. The prediction of nuclear shock waves as a key mechanism for compressing and heating nuclear matter. This work initiated high energy nuclear physics: search for the nuclear equation of state and possible phase transitions. Antimatter clusters emitted from a quarkgluon plasma. Meson field theory for hot and dense nuclear matter, phase transition, chiral restoration. Meson field theory applied to nuclei and exotic objects, e.g. multiLambdanuclei.
Relativistic fluid dynamics for high energy heavy ion collisions. Antimatter production in thermal meson field theory. Quantum molecular dynamics applied to nuclear collisions. Relativistic quantum molecular dynamics. Antiflow of pions and antimatter. Quarkgluon plasma as a cluster plasma. Extension of the periodic system into the new directions of strangeness and antimatter. Structure of the baryonic and mesonic vacuum of high densities and temperature. A new mechanism for cold compression of an elementary matter by implantation of high energy antiprotons in nuclei.
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Calculations of PES exhibiting the cold valleys for fusion, cold fission bimodal fission, cluster radioactivities, and alpha decay. Quantum Electro Dynamics of strong fields, spontaneous pair creation, superheavy quasimolecules. Supercritical fields in other areas like gravitation (Hawking radiation) and strong color fields. The prediction of nuclear shock waves as a key mechanism for compressing and heating nuclear matter. This work initiated high energy nuclear physics: search for the nuclear equation of state and possible phase transitions. Antimatter clusters emitted from a quarkgluon plasma. Meson field theory for hot and dense nuclear matter, phase transition, chiral restoration. Meson field theory applied to nuclei and exotic objects, e.g. multiLambdanuclei.
Relativistic fluid dynamics for high energy heavy ion collisions. Antimatter production in thermal meson field theory. Quantum molecular dynamics applied to nuclear collisions. Relativistic quantum molecular dynamics. Antiflow of pions and antimatter. Quarkgluon plasma as a cluster plasma. Extension of the periodic system into the new directions of strangeness and antimatter. Structure of the baryonic and mesonic vacuum of high densities and temperature. A new mechanism for cold compression of an elementary matter by implantation of high energy antiprotons in nuclei.
1956  58 F.Sc. (Physics and Mathematics) University of Frankfurt/Main
Spring 1958 B.Sc.  University of Frankfurt/Main
January 1960 M.Sc. TH Darmstadt, Thesis: "Plasmareactors"
1960  62 Research Associate to Prof. H. Marshall Freiburg/Brsg., Germany
Spring 1961 Ph.D.  Freiburg/Brsg. Thesis: "Nuclear polarization in μmesic atoms"
1962  64 Assistant Professor  University of Maryland (3 months Florida State University)
May 1964 Research Associate, University of Freiburg/Brsg.
August 1964 Acceptance of a chair for theoretical physics  Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main
Since Jan. 1965 Professor of Physics, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main
Director of the Institute of Theoretical Physics (1995)
Since 1964 Various offered professorships at Duke University, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, etc., declined
Since 1976 Permanent Consultant to Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung (GSI) Darmstadt
Oct. 2001  July 2002 Dean of the Physics Faculty of Johann Wolfgang Goethe University
Since 2003 Founding Director and Member of the Management Board, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies
His doctoral students include [1]
Hartmuth Arenhövel, Ulrich Mosel, Berndt Müller, Michael Soffel, Horst Stöcker, Johann Rafelski, Gerhard Soff, Joachim Maruhn, E. D. Mshelia, Andreas Schäfer, Burkhard Fricke, PaulGerhard Reinhard, and Joachim Reinhardt.
Scientific Fields of Research [2]
 The nuclear structure "RotationVibration Model"
 Different proton and neutron deformations in nuclei
 Dynamic Collective Model of giant resonances; The spreading width of giant resonances
 Eigenchannel theory of nuclear reactions
 Generalized Collective Model (known as "GneußGreiner"Model or also the "Frankfurt" Collective Model)
 Prediction of superheavy nuclei
 The Two Center Shell Model
 Theory of nuclear molecules
 Prediction of new ("cluster") radioactivities
 Bimodal and supersymmetric nuclear fission
 Heavy ion physics
 Quantum Electrodynamics (particularly of strong, overcritical fields  "Decay of the Vacuum")
 Theory of electronic quasimolecules in heavy ion collisions
 Structure of superheavy and giant nuclei
 Shock waves in relativistic heavy ion collisions: The key mechanism for compressing and heating nuclear matter
 Nuclear equation of state
 Pion bremsstrahlung
 Phase transitions of nuclear matter
 Production of clusters of antimatter and strange matter from the highly correlated vacuum (meson field theory)
 Extension of the periodic system into new directions of strangeness and antimatter.
 Clusters of matter and antimatter  Superdense baryonic clusters
Honors and Positions [2]
Guest Professorships 
National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C. (1965)
University of Melbourne (1966)University of Virginia, Charlottesville (1967)University of Saskatchewan, Sakatoon (Canada) (1968)Indiana University (1970)Florida State University (1971)University of California, Berkeley (1972)Yale University, New Haven (1974 and since then regularly)Oak Ridge National Laboratory (regularly),Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (regularly)Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, USSRUniversity of Cairo (1977)University of Madras/India (1987)Institute of Atomic Physics, Bucharest/RomaniaLos Alamos Scientific LaboratoryUniversity of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg/South AfricaArgonne National Laboratory and University of Chicago,Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (regularly),Lawrence Livermore Laboratory (regularly),Duke University (regularly)University of Arizona, Tucson Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, USA
Since 1978: Adjunct Professor, Vanderbilt University and

Editorial positions 

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Editorial Board, Journal of Physics G: Nuclear Physics, England

198185

Editorial Board, Reports on Progress of Physics, England

198590

Honorary Editor, Journal of Physics G: Nuclear Physics, England

1990 

Member of the Editorial Board Il Nuovo Cimento: Nuclei, particles and fields

1991 

Managing Editor for Europe of International Journal of Modern Physics E. (World Scientific, Singapore)

1992

1992 Editorial Board, Il Nuovo Cimento, Bologna

1993

Editorial Board, Heavy Ion Physics, Budapest

1994

Editorial Board, Foundations of Physics, New York  London

List of Publications
https://fias.unifrankfurt.de/historical/home/greiner/publi.html
List of Books
Quantum Mechanics: Symmetries (Greiner, Walter//Theoretical Physics 2nd Corr ed)
Quantum Mechanics: An Introduction, 4e
Nuclear Models
Relativistic Quantum Mechanics. Wave Equations
Classical Mechanics: Systems of Particles and Hamiltonian Dynamics
Quantum Mechanics: An Introduction, 4e
Nuclear Models
Relativistic Quantum Mechanics. Wave Equations
Classical Mechanics: Systems of Particles and Hamiltonian Dynamics
https://fias.unifrankfurt.de/historical/home/greiner/books.html
List of Publications: Proceedings (incomplete)
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