Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award

 The Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award is awarded by the Gothenburg Physics Centre to a scientist who made a breakthrough discovery in physics. The award was established in 2006 by the Department of Physics at University of Gothenburg and holds the honor, a monetary prize of EUR 3000 and a piece of art with an engraved plaque. In conjunction with the award ceremony the laureate holds a lecture, in memory of the nuclear physicist Lise Meitner.

Lise Meitner was a researcher in Berlin from 1907 to 1938, when she was forced to flee to Sweden , where she came to work for 20 years. As a woman she was initially not allowed in the laboratories where men worked and later she had a hard time getting a regular academic position. With these qualifications, she was still one of the leading nuclear physicists in the world. After her escape to Sweden , she was the first to understand nuclear fission when she during a stay in Kungälv Christmas in 1938 , along with her nephew Otto Frisch, could explain the results that Otto Hahn , her colleagues in Berlin, sent her.

The Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award is not only about awarding well merited physisists, but also to enrich the scientific environment in Gothenburg.

Call for nominations for the Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award 2019 are due 4 March.
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The Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award Laureate 2018: Chandrashekhar Joshi
The Gothenburg Physics Centre proudly presents Chandrashekhar Joshi as the winner of the Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award 2018. Professor Chandrashekhar Joshi, University of California, Los Angeles, USA, works on plasma-based accelerators and receives the award " for conclusively demonstrating the advantages of using relativistically propagating plasma waves for electron acceleration."

Chandrashekhar Joshi is considered the Father of the experimental field of High-Gradient Plasmabased Charged Particle Acceleration – a paradigm shift for building accelerators of tomorrow. In a career spanning four decades, Joshi and his colleagues have carried out pioneering experiments -using laser and ultra-relativistic electron pulses as drivers- on electron and positron acceleration using plasma waves thousands of times more rapidly than in a conventional accelerator.

The award ceremony took place on 20 September 2018. In connection with the award ceremony, the laureate held a lecture in honour of the Austrian-Swedish physicist Lise Meitner.

Previous Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award Laureates
2017 Françoise Combes

2016 Klaus Blaum

2015 Ivan Schuller

2014 Ewine F. van Dishoeck

2013 Mildred Dresselhaus

2012 Werner Nahm

2010/11 Stefan W. Hell

2009 Renata Kallosh

2008 I. K. Yanson
B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature and Engineering, National Academy of Science of Ukraine
Award justification: "For pioneering contributions in solid state physics, which led to the first direct observation of the nonstationary Josephson effect, and discovery of Point Contact Spectroscopy of elementary excitations in solids."

2007 Pierre Ramond
University of Florida, Gainesville och Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Award justification: "For groundbreaking research that led to the Superstring theory"

2006 Robert Marc Friedman
Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo


This event is supported by the municipality of Kungälv.


Published: Tue 14 Jan 2014. Modified: Tue 05 Feb 2019