Born on 2 September 1953 in Heidenheim, Germany. Studied Physics at University in München
and Heidelberg, where he received his Ph.D. at the Institute for Environmental Physics in 1985. He
performed post-doc research at Princeton University before joining the German astronaut corps in
In 1996 Thiele moved to Houston, Texas, where he was trained as mission specialist by NASA. In
February 2000 he participated in the STS-99 Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, which aimed at
generating a 3D digital topographical map of Earth’s landmass.
In 2001 Thiele returned to the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, where he became head of the
astronaut division in 2005. In 2009 Thiele was responsible for the last ESA astronaut selection.
Since 2010 Thiele worked as resident fellow at the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna
focusing in his research on Space Exploration and on European Autonomy in Space. In 2013 he
became Head of the Strategic Planning and Outreach Office in the Directorate of Human
Spaceflight and Operations at ESA.
Since 2016 Thiele is self-employed and has a lecturer assignment at the Rheinisch-Westfälische
Hochschule (RWTH) in Aachen.
Gerhard Thiele is married and has four children.
Program and Speakers
We are pleased to announce our Keynote and Invited Speakers
Keynotes of BMT 2019
20 Years after SRTM
Rheinisch-Westfälische Hochschule (RWTH) in Aachen