Karlheinz Brandenburg

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Date of Birth June 20, 1954
Place of Birth Germany
Age 66 years old
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Karlheinz Brandenburg

Karlheinz Brandenburg is a German electrical engineer and mathematician. Together with Ernst Eberlein, Heinz Gerhäuser, Bernhard Grill, Jürgen Herre and Harald Popp, he developed the widespread MP3 method for audio data compression. He is also known for his elementary work in the field of audio coding, the perception measurement, the wave field synthesis and psychoacoustics. Brandenburg has received numerous national and international research awards, prizes and honors for his work. Since 2000 he is Professor of Electronic Media Technology at the Technical University Ilmenau. Brandenburg was significantly involved in the founding of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology and currently serves as its director.

Born: 20, 1954, Erlangen, Bavaria, West Germany
Nationality: German
Fields: Computer science
Institutions: Fraunhofer Society, Technische Universität Ilmenau
Alma mater: University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Known for: MP3
Notable awards: IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award
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About Karlheinz Brandenburg

Known best for his role in developing the MP3 audio format, this German-born sound engineer was the 2004 recipient of the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award. His other honors include the Audio Engineering Society's Silver Medal and Board of Governors Award.

Before Fame

He earned degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics from Erlangen University and went on to receive a doctorate in the former field from Friedrich-Alexander University.


During the late 1980s and early 1990s, he lived in the United States and worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories. He later returned to his native Germany and taught at both the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Technical University of Ilmenau.

Family Life

He was born and raised in Erlangen, Germany.


He and Canadian composer Paul Hoffert both helped develop the MP3 format.

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