Heinrich Rohrer works two years as post-doc at Rutgers University working on the thermal conductivity of type-II superconductors and metals.
Heinrich Rohrer receives one fourth of the Nobel Prize in Physics along with Gerd Binnig "for their design of the scanning tunneling microscope" and Ernst Ruska wins the other half of the Prize.
Heinrich Rohrer is born in Buchs, St. Gallen, as the third child, half an hour after his twin sister. His father, Hans Heinrich Roher, is a wholesaler married with Katharina Ganpenbein.
Heinrich Rohrer does a four-month camping trip through the USA.
Heinrich Rohrer enters Swiss Federal Institute of Technology to study physics. One of his professors is the Nobel Prize winner Wolfgang Pauli.
Heinrich Rohrer serves on the board of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology.
Heinrich Rohrer starts working on the construction of the scanning tunneling microscope along with Gerd Binnig, who joins the laboratory in 1978. This machine uses the quantum tunnel effect to allow analysis of the molecular structure at the atomic level. Images of individual atoms on a metal or semiconductor surface would be formed by scanning the tip of a needle probe over the surface, at a height of only a few atomic diameters.
Heinrich Rohrer marries Rose-Marie Egger, whom he credits with bringing a stabilizing influence into his life. The couple goes for their honeymoon in the USA.
Heinrich Rohrer joins IBM's Zurich Research Laboratory as Research Staff Member and becomes an IBM Fellow. His research efforts interests included Kondo systems, phase transitions, multicritical phenomena, scanning tunneling microscopy and later nanomechanics.
Heinrich Rohrer receives his Ph.D. in experimental physics with a thesis on superconductivity at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. For a year afterward he works as a research assistant at the institute.
Heinrich Rohrer's family relocates to Zurich.
Heinrich Rohrer spends a sabbatical year with Professor Vince Jaccarino and Dr. Alan King at the University of California in Santa Barbara to work on nuclear magnetic resonance.
Heinrich Rohrer dies of natural causes at his home in Wollerau at the age of 79.