Manfred Lindner studied physics from 1978 bis 1984 at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany, where he received his PhD in 1987. Subsequently, he was from 1987-1989 postdoc at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Chicago and from 1989–1991 Fellow at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. After that, Manfred Lindner spent 1991- 1993 with a Heisenberg-Fellowship at Heidelberg University in Heidelberg, Germany.
Manfred Lindner got his Habilitation in 1992. In 1993 he became a professor for theoretical physics at the Technische Universität München where he was teaching and conducting research from 1993 until 2006. In 2006 he became director at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany. Since 2007 he is also a professor at the faculty for physics and astronomy of Heidelberg University, where he continues to teach. From 2009 until 2011 he was managing director of the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics. Manfred Lindner is a member of various national and international committees and he works as referee for various funding agencies. He is furthermore a member of many advisory boards of international conferences, and he is referee or member of the editorial board for various scientific journals.
The research of Manfred Lindner is in the field of particle and astro-particle physics. The research spectrum ranges from formal theoretical questions to experimental projects. The theoretical studies concern the standard model of particle physics and its extensions. On the experimental side Manfred Lindner and his division make leading contributions to international research projects in the field of neutrino physics and dark matter search. The main experimental projects are currently GERDA, which aims at detecting neutrino-less double beta decays, XENON, which aims to detect dark matter particles, and Double Chooz, which measures sub-leading oscillations of anti-neutrinos. His research division develops in addition detection methods or refines their sensitivity to new records. Lindner is Chair of the Collaboration Board of the XENON collaboration, which operates now the XENON1T detector and which prepares the upgrade to XENONnT which is planned to be implemented by the end of 2018.
In 1990 he was awarded a Heisenberg Stipendium of the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) which he used from 1991 to teach and conduct research at the Universität Heidelberg. In 2016 Manfred Lindner was awarded an honorary doctorate of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högsksolan, KTH) in Stockholm for important contributions to neutrino physics. The conferment was on November 18, 2016, at an academic ceremony in the Stockholm Concert Hall, followed by a banquet and ball room dancing in the City hall of Stockholm. KTH was founded in 1827 and is Sweden's largest institution of higher education in technology and it awards honorary doctorates to individuals who have done outstanding work while at the same time providing KTH with positive attention.
A complete listing of scientific publications by Manfred Lindner can be found on INSPIRE-HEP at this link. Among the more than 200 publications are a number of so-called >1000000&of=hb&action_search=Search&sf=&so=d&rm=&rg=25&sc=0 "famous" or "renowned" Publikationen with more than 250 or 500 citations.