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Wolfgang Lindner

The Power List 2017


Wolfgang Lindner

Professor Emeritus, Analytical Chemistry, University of Vienna, Austria.

Advice to my younger self
Stay curious in all directions. Get a solid fundamental background in your field. Do not make easy compromises. Find a unique scientific niche. Make post-doc and sabbatical stays abroad, but not in exactly the same field, thus broadening your knowledge and views in many very valuable ways. Try to be an entrepreneur and believe in yourself; it makes you more independent and less open to attacks. An analytical chemist is often the interphase between different disciplines – try to analyze the problem, the task, before actually measuring (analyzing) certain components.

Luckiest break
My first post-doc stay with my wife and two little schoolboys was in the USA (1978/79). Simultaneously, we all learnt to integrate into a new world, scientifically and personally.

What makes a good mentor?
Always being interested in the person, on good and bad days, and always being available for discussions of any kind. Strengthening the skills of coworkers by pushing them almost to their limit, but also helping them to get out of such situations in a gentle way. Strengthening of the individual personality is a key. Staying in long-term contact with students and coworkers is very rewarding.


Part of the Power List 2017

The Magnificent Tens

The Magnificent Tens
After 2016’s celebration of women in analytical science, we return to the Top 100 for 2017.
But there’s a twist. This summer, we asked you to nominate scientists in ten categories – from the stars of separation science, to omics explorers, to the mentors training the next generation.

Go to The Power List 2017

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