Lüder Deecke, o.Univ.Prof.em.Dr.med.Dr.h.c.

formerly Head, Department of Clinical Neurology
Medical University Vienna & Vienna General Hospital
Waehringer Guertel 18-20
A-1090 Wien

formerly Head, Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute
for functional brain topography

Phone: +43 1 320 5558
Fax:     +43 1 320 555817
cellular phone: +43 664 499 4023
Email: lueder@deecke.com


1938 born on the shore of the North Sea (Lohe, Dithmarschen, Holstein, Germany). High school years at Celle near Hanover.
1958 Baccalaureat at 'Humanistisches Gymnasium-Ernestinum Celle.' Study of Physics for 1 Semester, University of Hamburg.
1959-60 Military service (Lieutenant of the Reserve).
1960-1966 Study of Medicine at the Universities of Freiburg (Breisgau), Hamburg and Vienna. Stipend of the 'Studienstiftung.'
1965 Graduation in Medicine, University of Freiburg
1966 Promotion to M.D. (Doctoral thesis, discovery of the readiness potential / Bereitschaftspotential together with my mentor H.H. Kornhuber (1928-2009))
1966 ECFMG-Examination of the US (Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates) in Frankfurt.
1966-1968 Internship at the Neurological University Hospital Freiburg (Prof. Richard Jung). 1968-1970 Resident, Neurological University Hospital Ulm (Prof. H.H. Kornhuber).
1970-71 Research Fellow, Oto-Neurophysiology Laboratory, University of Toronto (Prof. J.M. Fredrickson).
1972-74 Senior Resident Neurological University Hospital Ulm.
1974 'Habilitation' (Thesis to become Professor) for Neurology and Neurophysiology, University of Ulm
1978 Associate Professor of Neurology.
1982 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Brain Behaviour Laboratory (Prof. H. Weinberg), Simon Fraser University Vancouver.
1985 Full Professor (Professor ordinarius) University of Vienna, Chair of Clinical Neurology after Herbert Reisner.
1985 Head, Neurological University Hospital Vienna.
1991 Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of California, Irvine, Department of Neurology (Prof. Arnold Starr).
1992 Founder & Head of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Functional Brain Topography and Head of the Institute.
2000 Head, Department of Clinical Neurology University of Vienna, 2006 Professor emeritus.

1971 Scientific Award of the City of Ulm
1982 Distinguished Visiting Professor Simon Fraser Univ., Vancouver
1989 Dr. Herbert Reisner Award
1990 Citation Classic, Current Contents, Institute for Scientific Information (Kornhuber & Deecke,   Pflügers Arch. 284: 1-17, 1965)
1991 Distinguished Visiting Professor Univ. of California, Irvine
1997 Hoechst Award
2000 Hans Berger Award of the German Society for Clinical Neurophysiology
2003 Dr. honoris causa Simon Fraser University Burnaby, B.C., Greater Vancouver, Canada (2.Oct. 2003)
2006 "Verdienstorden der Ehrwürdigen Bruderschaft vom Heiligen Kreuz" (Medal of Merit from the Honourable Fraternity   of the Holy Cross)
2009 Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University Burnaby, B.C., Greater Vancouver, Canada
2009 Prix Théophile Gluge of the Royal Belgian Academy of Sciences, Brussels
2015 Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology FEAN

613 Scientific Publications.

Married to Dr. med. Gertraud Deecke, née Flinspach, 3 sons: Ulf *1968, Volker *1969, Arved *1970.

Research Gate






Spiegelgespräch 34/2016: Spiegel and Spiegel-Online

Bungee-Springen - "An der Kante zum Nichts": Spiegel 5/2018, Video1 and Video2

Dr. Lüder Deecke: What is the Meaning of Life? (Interview May 14, 2019): Article and Excellence Reporter

First Full Paper on the Bereitschaftspotential in German:
Kornhuber HH, Deecke L (1965):
Hirnpotentialänderungen bei Willkürbewegungen und passiven Bewegungen des Menschen: Bereitschaftspotential und reafferente Potentiale.
Pflügers Arch 284: 1-17 "Citation Classic"

This publication is available in English Translation:
Kornhuber HH, Deecke L (2016):
Brain potential changes in voluntary and passive movements in humans: readiness potential and reafferent potentials.
Pflugers Arch – Eur J Physiol 468(7):1115-1124 doi:10.1007/s00424-016-1852-3

Full Paper "Bereitschaftspotential vor dem Bungeespringen":
Nann M, Cohen LG, Deecke L & Soekadar SR:
To jump or not to jump – The Bereitschaftspotential required to jump into 192-meter abyss.
Nature Scientific Reports (2019) 9:2243 doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-38447-w