Wolfgang Rindler

Tags: Physics

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Mathematics (relativity)
Imperial College, London - 1956
M.S. - Mathematics (differential geometry)
University of Liverpool - 1947
B.S. - Honors in Mathematics
University of Liverpool - 1945
B.S. - Physics (Carey Prize)
University of Liverpool - 1945

Research Areas

Research Interests
Over the years Professor Rindler contributed to the study of horizons in cosmology, to the toy-black-hole wedge in flat spacetime, to the application of spinors and twistors in general relativity, to aspects of Mach's principle and especially to anti-Mach phenomena, to the topology of exact gravitational waves and of the big bang, to novel phase space representations of the Friedman cosmologies, to calculational devices in axisymmetric spacetimes, and more. He also authored or co-authored seven books, several of which have been translated into foreign languages (Russian, Japanese, etc.)


W.Rindler, 2002. Visual horizons in world models. (Reprint, with commentary, of the original 1956 MNRAS paper, now in the "Golden Oldie" series.) Gen.Rel.and Grav.,34: 131.  2002 - Publication
Greek translation of the above, Leader Books, Athens 2001 2001 - Publication
Relativity: Special, General, and Cosmological, Oxford University Press, 2001 2001 - Publication
Introduction to Special Relativity, 2nd Edition (revised and expanded), Oxford University Press, 1991 1991 - Publication
Japanese translation of the above, Chijin Shokan Publishers, Tokyo, 1989 1989 - Publication
Spinori II, Russian translation of the above, MIR Publishers, Moscow, 1989 1989 - Publication
Spinori I, Russian translation of the above, MIR Publishers, Moscow, 1987 1987 - Publication
(with A. Trautman, editors) Gravitation and Geometry: A Volume in Honor of Ivor Robinson, Bibliopolis Publishers, Naples, 1987 1987 - Publication
(with R. Penrose) Spinors and Space-Time, Vol. II: Spinor and Twistor Methods in Space-Time Geometry, Cambridge University Press, 1986 1986 - Publication
(with R. Penrose) Spinors and Space-Time, Vol. I: Two-Spinor Calculus and Relativistic Fields, Cambridge University Press, 1984 1984 - Publication


Visiting Fellow
Churchill College, Cambridge, England [1990–1990]
Visiting Professor
University of Vienna [1987–2018]
Visiting Professor
Max-Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics [1983–1994]
Visiting Professor
University of Vienna [1975–2018]
UT Dallas [1969–2019]
Visiting Professor
University of Rome [1968–1969]
Assoc. Professor (3 yrs), Professor
Southwest Center for Advanced Studies (Dallas) [1963–1969]
Visiting Lecturer
King's College, London (9 months) and University of Hamburg (3 months) [1961–1962]
Instructor (2 yrs), Asst. Prof.
Cornell University [1956–1963]
University of London [1949–1956]

Additional Information

  • 1996 Gold Medal of the City of Vienna
Editorial Activities
  • Member, Foreign Editorial Board of Rendiconti di Matematica, Rome (1984- )
  • Associate Editor, American Journal of Physics (1988-91)
Teaching Prizes
  • 1972-73 Physics Teaching Award
  • 1990-91 Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award

News Articles

UT Dallas Remembers Founding Faculty Member Wolfgang Rindler
Dr. Wolfgang Rindler, a professor emeritus of physics and one of the founding faculty members of The University of Texas at Dallas, died Feb. 8 at the age of 94.

In a career that spanned more than 60 years, Rindler was one of the most prominent experts in theoretical relativistic cosmology and general relativity, areas of research that deal with the origin, evolution and structure of the universe. He was instrumental not only in the founding of the Department of Physics at UT Dallas, but also in the rise of scientific research at the University.
A Conversation With Cosmologist Wolfgang Rindler
We sat down for A Conversation With...Cosmologist and Professor of Physics Wolfgang Rindler.  

Rindler began his career at UT Dallas in 1963, when the organization was called the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest.  Through nearly five decades of service to the University and its predecessors, Dr. Rindler has authored or co-authored seven books, advanced the study of cosmology and general relativity and ignited the imagination of thousands of students.  His studies on the universe, how it moves and how Einstein’s theories apply are cited worldwide.