Haye Hinrichsen received his Ph.D. from the University of Bonn, Germany, in 1993. Since then he has held positions at the Free University of Berlin, the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, and the Universities of Duisburg-Essen and Wuppertal, Germany. Since 2003 he has been Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Würzburg, Germany. His research is focused on phase transitions and critical phenomena in nonequilibrium statistical physics.
Directed percolation, a class of nonequilibrium phase transitions as prominent as the Ising model in equilibrium statistical mechanics, is realized experimentally for the first time, after more than fifty years of research.