Wolfgang M. Goubau was born in Jena, Germany in 1944. He received his A.B. degree in Physics from Rutgers University in 1966, and completed his Ph.D. research in experimental solid state physics at Cornell University in 1974. From 1974 through 1977 he was a postdoctoral research associate in physics at the University of California, Berkeley.
He helped to design and fabricate magnetometers and gradiometers that incorporate dc Squids (Superconducting QUantum Interferences Devices). He was actively involved in using the dc Squid magnetometers for magnetotelluric measurements, and in improving methods of magnetotelluric data analysis. He pursued his work in magnetotellurics as a physicist at the Lawrences Berkeley Laboratory.
In 1983 Wolf went to work for International Business Machines (IBM), first as a research scientist at the T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York and, starting in 1986, at IBM Cottle Road in San Jose, as a senior engineer. During his years at IBM and later at Hitachi GST Wolf continued to write and invent. With collaborating colleagues he is one of the inventors of record on several IBM and Hitachi patents.
He retired in 2006 and passed away in 2013.