Eckehard Schöll was born on February 6, 1951 in
Stuttgart, Germany. He received his Diplom degree in physics (M. Sc.)
from the University of Tuebingen, Germany, in 1976, the Ph.D.
in applied mathematics from the University of Southampton, England, in 1978, and the Dr. rer. nat. degree and the venia legendi from Aachen University of Technology (RWTH Aachen), Germany, in 1981 and 1986, respectively. During 1983-1984 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Since 1989 he has been a Professor of Theoretical Physics at Berlin University of Technology (Technische Universität Berlin). From March 1 - August 31, 2000 he received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award which he spent with the Physics Department and the Center of Nonlinear and Complex Systems at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (USA). In May 2004 he was awarded a Visiting Professorship by the London Mathematical Society. In 2017 he received an Honorary Doctoral Degree  from Saratov State University/Russia.
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In 2018 he received the Badge of Honor from Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG).
Prof. Schöll is head of the research group  "Nonlinear
dynamics and control" in the Physics Department of the Technical
University of Berlin. He was the Coordinator (Sprecher) of SFB 910
from 2011-2018  and directs research projects in the Collaborative
Research Center funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
"Control of Self-organizing Nonlinear Systems" (SFB 910)
, and the Research Training Group "Nonequilibrium collective
dynamics in condensed matter and biological physics" (GRK 1558)
. He is also a principal investigator in the Bernstein Center of
Computational Neuroscience Berlin (BCCN) . He was a principal
investigator and Vice-Coordinator of SFB 555  "Complex
Nonlinear Processes" from 1998-2010, where he was in charge of
project area B "Spatio-temporal pattern formation in physical and
chemical systems". He was a principal investigator from 1994-2006
of the SFB "Growth-correlated properties of low-dimensional
semiconductor structures" (SFB 296) , and from 2008-2015
of the SFB "Semiconductor nanophotonics" (SFB 787)
His research interests include nonlinear dynamics and control of complex systems and networks, in particular, partial synchronization patterns and chimera states in oscillator networks, systems with time delay, lasers, neural systems, and semiconductor nanostructures; quantum dot laser dynamics; nonlinear charge transport and current instabilities in semiconductors; control of nonlinear spatio-temporal dynamics, chaos, and pattern formation in systems far from thermodynamic equilibrium; kinetic Monte-Carlo simulations of the self-organized growth of semiconductor quantum dots; electro-optical nonlinearities; neurodynamics; delay dynamics in complex networks. He has previously done theoretical and numerical work, e.g., on current filamentation and chaos in the regime of low-temperature impurity impact ionization breakdown in p-Ge and n-GaAs, complex and chaotic carrier dynamics in crossed electric and magnetic fields, ultrashort pulses and transverse instabilities in semiconductor lasers, optical switching fronts in CdS, field-dependent absorption and bistability in ZnSe based self-electrooptical effect devices, oscillatory, filamentary and domain-type instabilities in layered semiconductor structures under parallel and vertical transport conditions, in particular modulation-doped real-space transfer structures and heterostructure hot electron diodes, field domains and high- frequency oscillations in superlattices, lateral pattern formation in resonant tunneling structures, global constraints and chaos control in spatially extended systems, quantum kinetics of intersubband Coulomb scattering in quantum wires, self-organized formation of quantum dots in strained semiconductor systems.
Dr. Schöll is the author of more than 500 research papers  and three books, and the editor of several monographs and topical journal issues. His books deal with "Nonequilibrium Phase Transitions in Semiconductors" (1987, translated into Russian 1991), "The Physics of Instabilities in Solid State Electron Devices" (1992), and "Nonlinear Spatio-Temporal Dynamics and Chaos in Semiconductors", which was published by Cambridge University Press in their Nonlinear Science Series as volume 10 in 2001 (Paperback edition 2005). He has edited a monograph on "Theory of Transport Properties of Semiconductor Nanostructures" (1998). He is one of the guest editors of the Special Issue of Physica D, Vol. 199 (2004), "Trends in Pattern Formation: Stability, Control and Fluctuations", and of Theme Issues of Phil. Trans. Royal Society (London) on "Delayed Complex Systems" (January 2010), and on "Dynamics, control and information in delay-coupled systems" (2013), and of an Issue of Eur. Physical Journal ST - Special Topics on "Analysis and Control of Deterministic and Stochastic Complexity" (December 2010) and co-editor of the book "Complex Nonlinear Processes" (World Scientific, 2007) and of a completely revised and enlarged edition of the Handbook of Chaos Control (Wiley-VCH, 2008), and of "Control of Self-Organizing Nonlinear Systems" (Springer, 2016). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Series "Annual Reviews of Nonlinear Dynamics and Complexity" (Wiley-VCH), of the Open Access journal "Cybernetics and Physics" (IPACS) , and of the "International Journal of Dynamics and Control" (Springer).
Professional Activities Dr. Schöll has been a member of the German Physical Society since 1980. He was the co-founder of the series of colloquia on semiconductor optics in January 1990 "Berliner Seminar Halbleiteroptik" which brought together scientists from East and West Berlin after the opening of the wall. He was the student adviser of the Department of Physics at TU Berlin from 1990 through 1996. He has been a mentor of the German National Scholarship Foundation since 1995. In 1997 he was awarded a prize as Champion in Teaching by the Technische Universität Berlin.
Dr. Schöll was involved in the organization of several workshops and conferences including the Heraeus seminar on "Self-Organization in Activator-Inhibitor Systems" in Bad Honnef in 1996, the 23rd International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors in Berlin (ICPS-23) in 1996, and the 10th Conference on Nonequilibrium Carrier Dynamics in Semiconductors (HCIS-10) in Berlin in 1997. He was a scientific coordinator and coorganizer of the Workshop and Seminar on "Trends in Pattern Formation: From Amplitude Equations to Applications" at the Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme in Dresden in August/September 2003. He was the chairman and organizer of the Europhysics Conference "XXV Dynamics Days Europe 2005"  in Berlin, and the coorganizer of an International Workshop on "Complex Dynamics and Delay Effects in Coupled Systems"  in Berlin in 2006. He was the local chairman of the 72. , the 76., and the 79th Annual German Physical Society Meetings and Spring Meetings of the Condensed Matter Division (DPG-Frühjahrstagung 2008 , 2012 , and 2015 ) in Berlin with 5700, 6200, and 6000 participants, respectively,and the local chairman of the 2018 Joint Meeting of the Condensed Matter Divisions of the German Physical Society and the European Physical Society (DPG-EPS-Frühjahrstagung 2018 ) in Berlin (6.400 participants), and organizer of International Workshops on Delayed Complex Systems  at the Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems Dresden in 2009, at the Institute of Cross-Disciplinary Physics (IFISC) in Palma de Mallorca in 2012 , and on Delay Differential Equations in the Fields Institute Toronto in 2015 , and the Chairman of the International Conferences on "Control of Self-Organizing Nonlinear Systems" in Warnemünde-Rostock in 2014  and on "Control of Complex Systems and Networks" in Heringsdorf/Usedom in 2016 . He is Chair of the International Advisory Committee of Dynamics Days Europe and a member of the Board of the International Conference Series on Physics and Control (PhysCon)  and Vice-President of the International Physics and Control Society (IPACS) .
In 2004 he became a Fellow of the Berliner Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (BWG). He was elected as a member of the BWG Board in 2009. From 2001 to 2011 he was the Executive Director of the Institute for Theoretical Physics  at TU Berlin.