The Christian Doppler Foundation

The Christian Doppler Foundation

The Christian Doppler Foundation is a foundation with its own legal identity according to the Salzburg law on charities and foundations Nr.70/1976, and is based in Salzburg. The foundation is a not-for-profit organisation.

Creation and Objectives of the Foundation

The Christian Doppler Foundation was founded in 1987 with the goal of honouring the life and works of Christian Doppler, and of making these accessible to the general public.
This involves carrying out research, development and teaching projects for the benefit of Austrian science and the economy, as well as related publishing and documenting activities. We also support scientific research activities, and the application of their findings.
In 1972, the parliament of the province of Salzburg debated establishing a Christian Doppler Foundation, and decided to set up the Christian Doppler Prize. Together with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Christian Andreas Doppler is Salzburg’s most world-famous inhabitant. Thanks to their fundamental importance to the natural sciences, technology and medicine, as well as their epistemological dimension, which shapes our modern world view, it is impossible to imagine our modern daily lives without Christian Doppler’s pioneering scientific findings.
The Doppler principle is the foundation for many subjects of study: from astronomy to space flight, from fundamental tests of relativity to materials physics, and to the study of fluid dynamics, biology, medicine and quantum theory.

Activity Report | Doppler Foundation | 2019 | 30 years Doppler Foundation (German)

Activity Report | Doppler Foundation | 1987-2002 (German)

The Effect of the Millennium

In his presentation on 21st September 1909 in Salzburg, in which he first talked publically about his theory of relativity, Albert Einstein made the following important statement: regardless of what form the theory of electromagnetic processes will take, the Doppler Principle will certainly remain.
In a talk given at the University of Salzburg in July 2007, Anton Zeilinger called the Doppler effect the “effect of the millennium.”
So far 24 scientists whose work has been directly or indirectly connected with the Doppler effect have won Nobel Prizes for physics.

Structure of the Organisation

The Foundation organs are: the board of trustees, the managing director and the advisory council.

President: Dr. Peter Schmid
Director: Dr. Christian Pruner: + 43 662 8044 6253,
Address: Christian Doppler Fonds
Universität Salzburg, Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Fachbereich Chemie und Physik der Materialien
Jakob-Haringer-Sraße 2a, A-5020 Salzburg, Österreich

List of members of the Doppler Foundation

(as of Jan 2020, listed alphabetically)

Board of trustees:

Dr. Peter Schmid

Deputy Chairman:
Dr. Maurizio Musso
Dr. Norbert Winding

Dr Arne Bathke
Dr Achim Bornhoeft
Dr John Dunlop

Dr Mark R. Mc Coy
Dr Jean-François Kaufeler
Dr Maurizio Musso
Mag. Lothar Riedl
Dr Peter Schuster
Dr Norbert Winding

Advisory Council:

Dr Ewald Hiebl

Dr Walter Bauer
Mag. Ludwig Bermoser
Dr Anna Bieniok
Dipl. Ing Uwe Brendel
Dipl. Ing. Günter Eckerstorfer
Dipl. Ing. Judith Eckl
Julia Eder
Mag Jiří Franc
Dr Michael Grodzicki
Dr Clemens Hutter
Dr Werner Lottermoser
Dr Christian Pruner (Director)
Dr Andreas Reyer
Dr Ursula Schachl-Raber
Dr Ursula Schramm
Dr Alexander Strahl