Thursday, August 1, 2013

Schön's doctorate remains revoked

The German Federal Administrative Court (the highest court for such matters) decided yesterday on the appeal of Jan Hendrik Schön. Schön, a research shooting star physicist in the area of nanotechnology, was fired from Bell Labs in 2002 for falsifying data (see Nature: News, 26 September 2002).

The University of Konstanz in Germany revoked his doctorate in 2004 on the basis of having demonstrated that he was unfit to hold a doctorate. He sued, but lost both in the lower (VG Freiburg (Breisgau) 1. Kammer, 1 K 2248/09) and in the upper court (Verwaltungsgerichtshof Baden-Württemberg 9. Senat, 9 S 2667/10). 

The University of Konstanz has published a press release (in German) with a detailed recap of the long case.

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