Professor Reinhard Genzel, Born in 1952 in Germany, is the Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany, Honorary Professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich since 1988 and Professor in the Graduate School, UC Berkeley (since 2017).

He received his PhD from the University of Bonn in 1978. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1978–1980), an Associate Professor of Physics and Associate Research Astronomer at Space Sciences Laboratory (1981–1985) and a Full Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley (1985–1986).
Professor Genzel received many awards, including Newton Lacy Pierce Prize (1986), Leibniz Prize (1990), Janssen Prize (2000), Balzan Prize (2003), Petrie Prize (2005), the Shaw Prize in Astronomy (2008), Jansky Prize (2010), Karl Schwarzschild Medal (2011), Crafoord Prize in Astronomy (2012) and Tycho Brahe Prize (2012), Herschel Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (2014), Great Cross of Merit (with Star) of Germany (2014), Honorary Doctorate (Dr.h.c.), Paris Observatory OPSPM (2014), Harvey Prize in Science and Technology, Technion Israel Institute of Technology (2014).
He is a member the European Academy of Sciences, the German Academy of Natural Sciences Leopoldina, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. He is also a Foreign Member/Foreign Corresponding Member/Associate of the Academy of Sciences of France, the US National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Spanish Academy, and the Royal Society of London. He is also Member of the Order Pour Le Merite for Science and Arts of the Republic of Germany.