Klaus Blaum awarded the Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award 2016 by Pam Fredman, Vice Chancellor of University of Gothenburg

2016 Klaus Blaum

One week before the Nobel prize in Physics was announced, on the 29th of September 2016, The Gothenburg Physics Centre honoured German professor Klaus Blaum with the Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award 2016. 

The connection might sound vague, but one of the previous winners, Stefan W. Hell, was later awarded the Nobel prize in Physics in 2014.

– I walk in big footsteps, but I do not feel the pressure. I’m really happy to receive the prize and it gives a lot of inspiration to me and my group. This is an international recognition, says Klaus Blaum, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg.

In connection with the ceremony in the Physics Center in Gothenburg he held a lecture about his research and he also had the time to visit the Lise Meitner room at Chalmers.

–I think she deserved the Nobel prize for the nuclear fission. Her research is what our work is based on.

Klaus Blaum was awarded the prize for “the development of innovative techniques for high-precision measurements of stored radioactive ions”. To make a very difficult topic understandable he is investigating how atoms heavier than iron can be made.

– The exact physical process that produces heavier elements than iron is still unknown. For example, we don’t know how gold got made, says Klaus Blaum.

The Gothenburg Lize Meitner award was handed over by Pam Fredman, Vice Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg.

Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren

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Published: Thu 08 Jun 2017.