Gottfried Arlt was born in Grünberg Schl., Germany, on April 7, 1926. He received the Dr. degree in Physics from the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany, in 1956 with a dissertation on broad band antennas. From 1956 to 1973, he was staff member of the Philips Research Laboratory, Aachen, Germany, first as a research physicist in semiconductor research, then as a group leader of a Physical Acoustics Group, and finally as vice director of the laboratory.
From 1973 he was Professor in Electrical Engineering at the RWTH-Technical University in Aachen, Germany, on the chair for Materials for Electrical Engineering. He was chairman of the faculty in 1982-1983 and is emerited since 1991. The research activities at the university were mainly on general dielectric materials, with emphasis on ferroelectric ceramics of the Barium Titanate type.
The Center for Dielectric Studies presented Dr. Arlt with the Wilhelm R. Buessem Award at the CDS Awards Dinner on October 12, 2000.