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Fermi Research Scientist (Retired)
image of Giselher Lichti Dr. Giselher Lichti, now retired, was a research scientist at the Max-Planck-Institut fuer extrater-restrische Physik in Germany, and the Co-Principal Investigator of the Fermi Burst Monitor instrument He was also the leader of the German group of the GBM team. His responsibilities included managing and fund raising for the German part of the Fermi Burst Monitor project and the coordination and management of the industrial contracts.

Lichti has been a research scientist in gamma-ray astronomy since more than 30 years. He was mainly involved in instrument development and participated actively in the European Space Agency (ESA) project COS-B (1975 – 1980), in the NASA Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (CGRO) project as a member of the Compton Telescope (COMPTEL) team (1980 – 1995) and in ESA´s INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) project (1995 – 2003). His main astrophysical interests include nucleosynthesis, gamma-ray emission from active galactic nuclei and gamma-ray bursts.

Lichti has organized two big international conferences, the 3rd Compton Symposium and the 5th INTEGRAL Workshop. For the latter one he was an editor of the conference proceedings. He has published more than 100 articles in scientific and popular journals and presented his results on many international conferences. He is also a member of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.

Dr. Lichti received his Ph. D. in 1975 from the Technical University Munich, Germany and finished his studies of physics and astrophysics with a diploma degree in 1972. He is single and his private interests include biking, mountaineering, reading and music.