Peter Meissner was born in Adelsdorf, Germany on November 1943. He received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in 1971 and the Dr. Ing. Degree 1976 - both in electrical engineering - from the Technical University, Berlin. Since 1971 he was with the Heinrich Hertz Institut für Nachrichtentechnik in Berlin, where he was engaged in the field of navigation systems and adaptive echo control.
From 1985 to 1994 he worked on the field of optical communications, where his main interests were theory of semiconductor lasers, coherent optical communications and WDM systems and networks. 1981 he stayed for 6 months as guest scientist at Musashino Electrical Communication Laboratory, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation,Tokyo, Japan and 1986 for 4 months as guest scientist at Bell Communication Research, Red Bank, New Jersey, USA.
Since 1995 he is a Professor for Optical Communications at the University of Technology, Darmstadt. His main research topics are tunable micromachined filters, receivers and lasers for WDM systems, high speed optical communications, PMD compensation techniques and optical THz generation.