Pam Fredman, Vice Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg hands over the Gothenburg Lise Meinter Award diploma
​Klaus Blaum receives the award diploma from Pam Fredman, Vice Chancellor of University of Gothenburg.
​Photo: Henrik Sandsjö.

Klaus Blaum received the Gothenburg Lise Meitner award

​One week before the Nobel prize in Physics is announced, The Gothenburg Physics Centre honours German professor Klaus Blaum 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. We are continuing with novel techniques. We are in the same field.
 
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

Facts: 

Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award is awarded by the Gothenburg Physics Centre to a scientist who made a breakthrough discovery in physics. The prize was established in 2006 by the Department of Physics at University of Gothenburg and holds the honour, 3000 Euros and a work of art with an engraved plaque. In conjunction with the award ceremony the laureate holds a lecture.
 
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. She was therefore part of the team that discovered nuclear fission. She also explained the cause for the Auger effect, but was overlooked for the Nobel Prize.

Published: Thu 29 Sep 2016. Modified: Thu 08 Jun 2017