Günter Gottstein studied physics and received his diploma degree, his doctoral degrees Dr. rer. nat. and Dr. habil. from RWTH Aachen University in Germany. From 1979 he spent about ten years in the United States with appointments at Argonne National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Michigan State University where he was promoted to full professor in 1985. In 1989 he returned to Germany to follow Kurt Lücke as director and chair of the Institute of Physical Metallurgy and Metal Physics at RWTH Aachen University. His research focuses on materials simulation, crystallographic textures, crystal plasticity, interface dynamics, metal matrix composites, and nanostructured materials. He has published 12 books and over 350 papers in refereed journals. His professional services included membership in various professional societies in the field of materials science, president of the German Society of Materials (2004-2005), president of the German Federation of Materials Societies (2007-2008), chairman of the advisory board of the Max-Planck-Institute of Metals Research in Stuttgart (1997-2009), chairman of the collaborative research center of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft SFB 370: Integral Material Modeling (1994-2005). He is member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz and the German National Academy of Engineering. His recognitions include honorary professorships of the University of Steel and Alloys in Moscow, Russia, and Northeastern University in Shenyang, China, degree of honorary doctor of University of Technology Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany, several best paper awards, Masing Award of the German Metals Society (1982), Max-Planck-Research Award (1998), Heyn Medal of the German Society of Materials, Gold Medal of the European Federation of Materials Societies (2011). He is editor of Acta Materialia since 2004.