The MBI, originally called Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse
Spectroscopy, was founded in 1991, based on a recommendation of the
German Science Council following the evaluation of the Institutes
of the former east German Academy of Sciences. The founding committee, chaired by Prof. Dr. H. Welling (Hannover) initiated the basic programme planning and structuring the finances. By the end of 1991 it appointed the majority of MBI members of staff and made in early 1992 recommendations for the calls on the three director positions. With their appointment the decisive phase of developing the institute. The official opening
took place on the 22nd October 1993. More ...
The naming of the "Max Born Institute" was done in honor of
one of the pionees of modern physics. More about Max Born ...
The MBI is scientifically and organistionally independent research institute outside the univeristy. Its three directors are, however, jointly appointed professors at the Berlin universities (Thomas Elsässer at the HU-Berlin, Wolfgang Sandner at the TU-Berlin, and Mark Vrakking at the FU-Berlin). Legally and financially the organization responsible for the MBI is the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FVB). The FVB too has been founded in 1991 and comprizes eight Leibniz institutes in Berlin. More ...
The MBI is a member of the Leibnizgemeinschaft to whos foundation (1995) and Development it contributed significantly. The Leibnizgemeinschaft is one of Germany's four large non university research organization which are jointly funded by the federal republic of Germany and the German stats (Länder). More ...
The scientific achievements and the programme of the MBI
is evaluated externally on a regular basis. So far this was done by the German
Science Council in the year 1998 and by the Senate of the Leibnizgemeinschaft in the years 2005 and 2012.