While integrating East and West German science research centres was a difficult process for many, Hoffmann added that in a unified Germany today there are plenty of exciting areas of research.
After all, he observed, the city of Jena is a world leader in optics and home to companies like Carl Zeiss, Schott and Jenoptik.
Dresden specializes in material sciences, and Freiberg in Saxony is known for solar power manufacturing.
" I think what you find now on the landscape [is] very often amazing," he said.
Before the wall came down, Hoffmann worked at the East German Academy of Sciences in the Institute for Theory and the History of Science.
" It was not possible for me for instance, to publish in Western journals," said Hoffmann, "and also I could not go to West to visit colleagues or conferences and to present there my scientific research." Scientists who didn't toe the party line, or who were suspected of criticizing the regime quickly found their work censored or not published at all.
As in other fields, East German science struggled to find its place in a unified Germany.
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