Göttingen (dpa / lni) - The physicist Metin Tolan (55) becomes President of the University of Göttingen.

The university's senate decided unanimously on Wednesday, the university announced.

The foundation committee also unanimously approved this proposal.

Tolan succeeds Reinhard Jahn, who held the office until December 31, 2020.

Since then, Vice President Valérie Schüller has been acting as head of the university.

Tolan's term of office is expected to begin in the spring.

In June 2019 a presidential election failed because there was resistance from the Göttingen professors.

In addition, two unsuccessful applicants went to court.

The internationally renowned University of Göttingen has 30,000 students in 212 courses.

"It is a great honor to have been elected President of a top university," said Tolan, who was born in 1965 and has been a professor at the Technical University of Dortmund since 2001.

Since 2016 he has been the permanent representative of the Rector in Dortmund.

In addition to specialist literature, the multiple award-winning researcher also writes popular science books.

He studied physics and mathematics in Kiel, where he received his doctorate and habilitation.

Tolan did research in the USA for several years.

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