Imre Pázsit
​Image: Jan-Olof Yxell

Imre Pázsit awarded twice

On November 3rd, it was made official that Imre Pázsit at the Department of Physics, Chalmers, was awarded "The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon" from the Government of Japan. Just about a month later, it was medal time again, when Imre received the first Leo Szilard Medal to be issued in 20 years’ time.

order.pngThe Order of the Rising Sun was bestowed on Imre for "Contribution to the promotion of scientific and technological exchanges and mutual understanding between Japan and Sweden". Such a distinction is very rarely given to university professors. In the fall of 2016 the Government of Japan announced the conferment of decorations on 96 foreigners around the world. Imre Pázsit is the only one from Sweden who was awarded, about which he tells the following:

– Over my 25 years of contacts, I made more than twenty visits and developed contacts with a large number of universities and research institutes. I also hosted many Japanese visitors at various levels, contributed to collaboration agreements between Chalmers and Japanese universities/institutes and promoted Japanese scientists for Swedish distinctions. I also took part in the public debate on nuclear energy in Japan by informing about the Swedish situation, and spread information on Japanese science and the situation in Japanese nuclear energy in Swedish media. I also served as an advisory member to the management of one of the largest nuclear research centres in Japan, the Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute. In Sweden, I have long been active in the JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Stockholm Alumni Club, where I am a member of the board. The fact that my contributions are appreciated at this high level is thoroughly honouring and it is an undescribable feeling.

The Leo Szilard Medal is awarded by the Hungarian Nuclear Society to prominent Hungarian researchers working abroad. It was established in 1993 and has so far only had four recipients: Edward Teller, Eugene Wigner, Ferenc Mezei and now also our colleague Imre Pázsit. Imre still collaborates with researchers in his home country. Imre comments on being awarded the medal:

- It came as a bolt from the blue, I didn’t even know I was nominated and would have ruled it out as being impossible anyway, but sometimes reality exceeds fantasy… It is an extra pleasure and privilege that concurrently, my long time collaborating partner and former professor, Academician Lénárd Pál, received the Leo Szilard Prize, which is given to prominent Hungarian scientists working in Hungary. Hence the prize was also an acknowledgement of our joint achievements.

The Medal will be conferred in May 2017 at a general meeting of the Hungarian Nuclear Society.

Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren and Klara Insulander Björk

Read about Imre Pázsit on webpage of the Embasssy of Japan in Sweden.

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(In Swedish) Published in Kosmos.

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(In English) Published in Kosmos.

Read Imre Pázsit’s article about Yoshio Nishina
(In Swedish) Published in Forskning och framsteg.

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Published: Thu 05 Jan 2017.