Thomas Klinger studied and received his doctorate in Kiel in the field of plasma physics. As a research assistant at the University of Kiel, Klinger was concerned with drift wave turbulence and nonlinear plasma structures. As visiting scientist he conducted research at the Alfvén Laboratory in Stockholm, the Centre de Physique Théorique and the Université Aix-Provence in Marseille and Max-Planck-Institute of Plasma Physics in Garching.. After his habilitation in 1998 on “Control of plasma instabilities”, he followed a call to Greifswald.
There he is today the scientific director of the Wendelstein 7-X project and director of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald. Wendelstein 7-X, the largest stellarator in the world, is mainly concerned to test the ability of this concept for nuclear fusion reactors in economic fusion power plants that take advantage of the heating principle of the sun.