Willi A. Kalender is Professor and Chairman of the Institute of Medical Physics at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany.
Born on August 1, 1949, he received his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Medical Physics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA, in 1979. In 1988 he completed all postdoctoral lecturing qualifications (Habilitation) for Medical Physics at the University of Tübingen, Germany.
Professor Kalender worked in the research laboratories of Siemens Medical Systems in Erlangen from 1979 to 1995 and served as head of the company's Department of Medical Physics from 1988 to 1995.
He has been Visiting Professor of Medical Physics at the University of Wisconsin for the past 17 years, and from 1993 to 1995 he lectured at the Technical University of Munich. In 1995 he was appointed full Professor and Chairman of the newly established Institute of Medical Physics at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. In 2001 he was nominated as Distinguished Visiting Professor to the Department of Radiology at Stanford University in California.
A prominent researcher in computed tomography (CT), Professor Kalender also worked on radiation protection and the development of quantitative diagnostic procedures for the assessment of osteoporosis, lung and cardiac diseases.
His work is documented in about 800 scientific papers with more than 200 original publications among these. He organised and hosted numerous international workshops and conferences, among them the World Conference of Medical Physics in 2005 in Nuremberg.
He is a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and he received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2004. More recently, he was awarded the European Research Foundation’s Latsis Price (2007) and the William D. Coolidge Award of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (2009).
He has been married to Marlene since 1975 and they have three children and a grandchild.
In recognition of his pioneering achievements in computed tomography, and his crucial work on radiation protection, as well as the assessment of osteoporosis, lung and cardiac diseases, Professor Kalender will be presented with Honorary Membership of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) at ECR 2010.