Klaus Blaum, born on December 27, 1971 born in Sobernheim studied physics from 1992 to 1997 in Mainz. In 2000 he received his PhD in Mainz, with several research visits to the United States in order to do project work at CERN and at the same time be a postdoc at the GSI in Darmstadt. From 2002 to 2004 he was a Fellow at CERN, Geneva and research group leader since 2004 at the Helmholtz Association. In 2006 he completed his habilitation under Immanuel Bloch in Mainz. In 2004 he was awarded the Gustav-Hertz-Prize and in 2005 the Mattauch Herzog Prize for his work in mass spectrometry. In 2007 he was honoured with the prestigious Teaching Award of Rhineland-Palatinate. In 2007 he was appointment as Director at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, 2008 appointment as honorary professor of the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg.