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 next award ceremony will take place in September 2020. In connection with the award ceremony, the laureate will hold a 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.