ISOLDE, CERN
Chalmers Professor Björn Jonson receives the Lise Meitner award 2020 for his development and application of on-line instrumentation and techniques, his precise and systematic investigation of properties of nuclei far from stability, and for shaping the scientific program at the on-line isotope separator facility ISOLDE, CERN.​​
Image: Maximilien Brice/CERN​

International award to Chalmers physicist

​Chalmers Professor Björn Jonson has been awarded the prestigious Lise Meitner Prize by the European Physical Society (EPS). It is awarded to one or more researchers who have made outstanding contributions to nuclear science. ​​​​​
​​​Björn Jonson has been engaged in research at Chalmers since 1967. His dynamic work is of fundamental importance for the study of the nuclear structure and stability focused on exotic light halo nuclei at the boundaries of nuclear stability. He is elected member of several academies of science and his work has been recognized internationally. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and was for seven years a member of the Nobel Committee for Physics. In 2018 he received the highest award of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) - the Great Gold Medal named after the Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov. ​

Over the years, Björn Jonson has conducted research at CERN in Switzerland. CERN is one of the world's most powerful particle accelerator facilities. For almost two decades Jonson contributed to the successful development of the scientific programme at the ISOLDE research facility, for which he was scientific group leader for seven years. 

“I’m very happy to see all the successful work performed at the facility today. It’s also nice to receive a prize in honor of the prominent nuclear physicist Lise Meitner. In recent years, I have been engaged in various activities to highlight her contributions to nuclear science,” says Björn Jonson, Professor at the Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology. 

Björn Jonson has been one of the driving forces behind designating the “Lise Meitner House” in Kungälv (close to Gothenburg) a European Physical Historical site. 

Björn Jonson receives the Lise Meitner award 2020 for his development and application of on-line instrumentation and techniques, his precise and systematic investigation of properties of nuclei far from stability, and for shaping the scientific program at the on-line isotope separator facility ISOLDE, CERN.
Björn Jonson shares the award for 2020 with Klaus Blaum, Heidelberg, and Piet Van Duppen, Leuven. 

Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren, mia.hallerodpalmgren@chalmers.se and
Göran Nyman, goran.nyman@chalmers.se
Image: Elena Puzynina, JINR

About the Lise Metiner Prize:
The Lise Meitner Prize is given biennially by the Nuclear Physics Division of the European Physical Society. It is awarded to one or more researchers who have made outstanding contributions to nuclear science. Such contributions may comprise experimental nuclear physics, theoretical nuclear physics and all areas of application of nuclear science. The prize consists of a Medal and a Diploma, in addition to a cash award. 
The award ceremony of the Lise Meitner Prize 2020 will take place during the ISOLDE workshop on 26 November 2020 as an online event.  ​



Published: Thu 15 Oct 2020.