Born on December 23, 1962 in Arad, Romania. Study of physics and doctorate at the University of Heidelberg (1990), postdoc at EMBL Heidelberg (1991-1993), Senior Researcher at the University of Turku, Finland, (1993-1996) and Visiting Scientist at the University of Oxford, UK (1994), German Habilitation in physics at the University of Heidelberg (1996), Head of an independent research group at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (1997-2002), Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (since 2002), Head of the Optical Nanoscopy division of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg (since 2003), Adj. Professor of Physics at the University of Heidelberg (2003) and Honorary Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Göttingen (2004).
For his research, Stefan Hell has received numerous scientific awards, including
- the Prize of the International Commission for Optics (2000),
- the Helmholtz Prize (2001),
- the German Future Prize of the Federal President (2006),
- the Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics (2007),
- the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize and the State Prize of Lower Saxony (2008)
- as well as the Otto Hahn Prize (2009),
- the Körber European Science Prize (2011),
- the Kavli Prize in Nanoscience (2014),
- and the Nobel Prize in Chemisty (2014).