Prof. Dr. Bruno Leibundgut

Honorary Professor at TUM since 2019




Bruno Leibundgut is an observational astronomer with main research interests in the physics of stellar explosions (supernovae) and their application in cosmology. As a graduate from the University of Basel, Switzerland, he held postdoctoral positions at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1993 he is a staff astronomer at the European Southern Observatory in several functions, including the Director for Science. He has been a member of the High-z Supernova Search Team that discovered the accelerated expansion of the Universe.


  • VLT Programme Scientist (since 2014)
  • ESO Director for Science (2008-2014)
  • Head of the Office for Science (2001-2008)
  • Head of VLT Data Flow Group (1998-2001)


  • Johannes-Geiss Fellowship at the International Space Science Institute Bern (2019)
  • Breakthrough Prize for Fundamenal Physics (2015)
  • Gruber Cosmology Prize (2007)