Hans-Thomas Janka

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Hans-Thomas Janka obtained his Ph.D. in physics from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 1991. After postdoctoral studies as an Otto Hahn Fellow and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago, he became a staff member of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Germany. There, he leads a group of researchers who work on supernova theory and neutrino and nuclear astrophysics. He has a teaching affiliation with TUM as an Adjunct Professor. In 2013, he was awarded an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council for three-dimensional computational studies of core-collapse supernovae.


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