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Jrgen Ehlers (19292008) was a German physicist who contributed to the understanding of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity.

From graduate and postgraduate work in Pascual Jordan's relativity research group at Hamburg University, he held academic posts before joining the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Munich as a director. In 1995, he became the founding director of the newly created Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam, Germany. Ehlers' research focused on the foundations of general relativity as well as on the theory's applications to astrophysics. He formulated a suitable classification of exact solutions to Einstein's field equations and proved the EhlersGeren-Sachs theorem that justifies the application of simple, general-relativistic model universes to moderncosmology. He created a spacetime-oriented description of gravitational lensing and clarified the relationship between models formulated within the framework of general relativity and those ofNewtonian gravity. He had a keen interest in the history and philosophy of physics and was an ardent popularizer of science. (Full article...) Recently featured: Cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics Women's road race United States Senate election in Ohio, 1898 2012 tour of She Has a Name