Gerhard Diendorfer obtained diploma and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, in 1982 and 1987, respectively. During 1982 – 1990 he was research assistant at the Vienna University of Technology working in the area of electromagnetic coupling of lightning radiated electromagnetic fields to power lines.
He spent the academic year 1988-1989 at the Lightning Research Laboratory, University of Florida, Gainesville, working in return stroke modelling. Since 1991 he has focused primarily on the performance of lightning location systems and lightning physics. Presently, he is heading the “Austrian Lightning Detection & Information System (ALDIS)”, a division of the Austrian Electrotechnical Association (OVE), and he is the secretary of EUCLID – the European Cooperation for Lightning Detection.
He is author or co-author of more than 100 reviewed and non-reviewed papers. He is also one of the associated editors of the Journal of Lightning Research, which was introduced in 2005. He received the CIGRE Technical Committee Award 2008.