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. 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 colleague 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.

The Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award Laureate 2019: Austen Angell

The Gothenburg Physics Centre proudly presents Austen Angell as the winner of the Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award 2019.
Austen Angell​, born 1933 in Canberra, Australia, is currently Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University, USA. During his long career, he has worked mostly on liquids and glasses, but also published on geochemical, biophysical and battery electrolyte problems. He currently makes a major effort in the energy storage and conversion disciplines.
He has more than 500 publications and his work has been honoured by several awards from different Technical Societies – for example the Hildebrand award of the American Chemical Society and the Turnbull lecture​​ award of the Materials Research Society. ​
Professor Angell holds a Ph.D. degree from London University, Imperial College, where he won the Armstrong medal for 1959-61. 
He made a postdoc at Argonne National Laboratory, before joining Purdue University where he became full professor in 1971, and is at ASU since 1989. 

 Austen Angell has had collaborations with researchers at Chalmers since more than 40 years and been faculty opponent on several occasions. He was nominated for the Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award 2019 by Professors Patrik Johansson and Aleksandar Matic, both at the Department of Physics at Chalmers. 
Austen Angell receives the award “For inventing the concept of fragility of glass-forming liquids.”

 The award ceremony took place on 19 September 2019. In connection with the award ceremony, the laureate held a well-attended lecture in honour of the Austrian-Swedish physicist Lise Meitner.

Previous Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award Laureates

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: Mon 23 Sep 2019