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 physicists, but also to enrich the scientific environment in Gothenburg.
Call for nominations – 2023 Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award
The Gothenburg Physics Centre (GPC) is seeking nominations from GPC members for the 2023 Gothenburg Lise Meitner award. Nominations are due on Sunday, January 15, 2023.
The Lise Meitner award honours exceptional individuals for a “groundbreaking discovery in physics”
In addition to their scientific accomplishments, the candidates must meet the following selection criteria:
- They have distinguished themselves through public activities of popularizing science and are prepared to deliver the annual Lise Meitner Lecture (middle of September).
- Their research activity is connected to or benefits activities at GPC. Nominations should include a motivation describing the achievements of the candidate, a short biography/CV, contact details and a local contact person.
Nominations can be sent to any member of the Lise Meitner Award committee 2022:
Carina Persson (chair)
Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award 2021
The Gothenburg Physics Centre proudly presents Ferenc Mezei as the laureate of the Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award 2021. Ferenc Mezei, born in 1942 in Budapest, Hungary, is ordinary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest and Adjunct professor of Physics, University of California San Diego. He has also been Professor of Physics in joint appointment by TU Berlin and Hahn-Meitner Institute, Berlin, and Technical Coordinator at the European Spallation Source project in Lund.
Ferenc Mezei will receive the award
"For the inventions of the neutron spin echo method and the super mirror, which have significantly advanced neutron scattering methods, and for the long pulse neutron source concept, which is the foundation for the novel technical design of the European Spallation Source now being built in Lund.”
Professor Mezei has made several ground-breaking discoveries in neutron physics which opened new areas in neutron based material investigation methods by improving their speed and accuracy. He invented the neutron spin echo method, the concept of the so-called super mirror, as well as the long pulse neutron source concept. This latter is the foundation for the novel technical design of the European Spallation Source now being built in Lund. Currently, Professor Mezei is in the frontline of the development of a new type of intense accelerator-driven compact neutron sources.
Read an interview with Ferenc Mezei
Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award 2020
The Gothenburg Physics Centre proudly presents Anne L’Huillier as the laurate of the Gothenburg Lise Meitner
Award 2020. Anne L’Huillier, born in 1958 in Paris, France, is currently a Professor at Lund University, Sweden.
Anne L’Huillier will receive the award
“For pioneering contributions to attosecond laser science and technology."
Professor L'Huillier has been at the forefront of ultrafast laser science since its inception, with her pioneering contributions to high-order harmonic light generation, which is a base technology for attosecond science. Her research has helped foster the field of attosecond science, allowing scientists to visualize the movements of electrons in light-induced processes, which can be used to understand chemical reactions on the atomic level.
Read an interview with Anne L'Huillier
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.