Following his thesis advisor Heinz Gerischer to Munich, Gerhard Ertl studies single crystal surfaces of Germanium and obtains his doctoral degree in physical chemistry in 1965.

Gerhard Ertle studies physics at the University of Paris.

Gerhard Ertl becomes a member of the Academia Europaea.

Gerhard Ertl becomes a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences.

Gerhard Ertle studies physics the Technical University, in Stuttgart.

Gerhard Ertl receives the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, with Gabor A. Somorjai.

Attending Johannes Kepler Gymnasium for nine years, Gerhard Ertl graduates from high school in 1955.

Gerhard Ertl starts studying physics at the Technical University of Stuttgart, also attending the University of Paris and the Ludwig Maximilian University at Munich for certain periods. In 1961 Gerhard Ertl finishes his diploma on physical chemistry in Stuttgart.

In 1968 Gerhard Ertl becomes professor and director in Hannover where he continues studies on adsorption and reactions of small molecules at metal single crystal surfaces.

Gerhard Ertl becomes Director of the Department of Physical Chemistry, at the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Berlin, of which he will be named Professor Emeritus in 2004.

Gerhard Ertl becomes Visiting Professor at the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, in Berkeley.

Gerhard Ertl becomes a member of the Pontificia Academia Scientiarium.

Gerhard Ertle marries Gerischer's secretary Barbara Maschek, with whom he has two children.

Gerhard Ertl becomes Visiting Professor at the Department of Physics at the University of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee.

Gerhard Ertl obtains his Diploma in physics at the Technical University of Stuttgart.

Returning to Munich, Gerhard Ertl is appointed as a professor at the Institute for Physical Chemistry. He and his coworker clarify the mechanism of catalytic ammonia synthesis and, among others, the electronic properties of the outermost atomic layer.

Gerhard Ertl becomes Professor and Director at the Institute for Physical Chemistry, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich.

Gerhard Ertl is born on 10 October, 1936 in Stuttgart.

In 1986 Gerhard Ertl moves to Berlin and becomes the successor of his former teacher Heinz Gerischer as director of the department for physical chemistry at the Fritz-Haber-Institut. Additionally he is appointed as a professor at the Free University and the Technical University of Berlin.

Gerhard Ertl becomes lecturer of Physical Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich.

Working on low energy electron diffraction (LEED) with thermodynamics and kinetics in the interaction with oxygen and carbon minoxidil, Gerhard Ertl habilitates in 1967. Gerhard Ertl stays in Munich as an assistant and lecturer until 1968.

Gerhard Ertl becomes Visiting Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena.

"For his studies of chemical processes on solid surfaces" Gerhard Ertl receives the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2007.

Gerhard Ertl receives, on the day of his 71st birthday, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies of chemical processes on solid surfaces.

Gerhard Ertl becomes a member of the German Academy of Sciences, "Leopoldina".

Gerhard Ertl is born in Stuttgart, Germany. Since his childhood, he is interested in chemistry and physics, but also in music, especially the piano. Later he will learn his first wages by playing in a band.

Gerhard Ertle studies physics at the Ludwig Maximilians University, in Munich.

Gerhard Ertl completes his doctoral studies in physical chemistry at the Technical University of Stuttgart, under the supervision of Heinz Gerischer, whose group Manfred Eigen in Göttingen has developed novel techniques for studying the kinetics of very fast reactions in solution for which work he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1967.

Gerhard Ertl becomes Professor and Director at the Institute for Physical Chemistry, Technical University, Hannover (presently Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University).

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