Professor Erik Kollberg honoured in scientific journal

MC2 pioneer and Chalmers Professor Erik Kollberg is portrayed in detail in the September issue of the scientific journal "IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology". He is one of the ground-breaking terahertz scientists worldwide, highlighted in an ongoing series of articles.

"It’s a tribute to people who have made outstanding contributions to the field for many years, and provided inspiration and guidance to new researchers," writes Editor-in-chief Peter H. Siegel.
The Editor-in-chief himself is conducting the interview series, which started in November 2011 with an article about Paul L Richards.
Now it is time for Erik Kollberg, who Peter H Siegel poetically describes in the heading as “Instrument Maker to the Stars”.
"Perhaps, it is not surprising that a young man of 16 on his first adventure away from home aboard, an oil tanker bound for Venezuela, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean,
might be transfixed and transformed by the night sky", Siegel starts his article.

Erik Kollberg was born in 1937. He has been Professor Emeritus in Microwave and Millimetre Wave Technology at Chalmers since 1979 and played an influential part in the start of the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2). Kollberg has been faithful to Chalmers his whole life. Right after he graduated with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1961, he began a successful research career with Olof Rydbeck as mentor and tutor. Rydbeck, a legendary Chalmers Professor, founded the Onsala Space Observatory and was its highly personable director for many years.

Erik Kollberg received his doctoral degree in 1970 with the thesis "Rutile Traveling-Wave Maser Systems". Among his many scientific appointments, the following should be mentioned; he became a fellow of the IEEE in 1990, he was elected to the Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 1992,  to the Royal Society of Sciences and Letters in Gothenburg in 1993 and in 1998 to the Swedish Academy of Sciences.
In 1986 Kollberg was awarded the Gustaf Dalén medal "for his contributions in the development of the extremely sensitive maser amplifier at Onsala Space Observatory, and which has attracted considerable international attention."
In 2003, Erik Kollberg was honoured with the Chalmers medal for his significant contributions to the development of the University.

Personal interviews are rarely part of scientific journals. But in "IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology”, interviews by Editor-in-chief Peter H Siegel are featured alongside current research findings.
One reason is there is no suitable publication for this type of story. The ambition was to give the articles a less formal tone:
"The Editor-in-Chief has taken some leeway in this regard, for the benefit of communicating more fully the character, experiences, and historic circumstances that have shaped our community and set the directions for our collective research. As a further means of assuring that the true flavour and circumstances of the contributions are expressed in the text, all of the articles are compiled after a face-to-face interview", writes Peter H. Siegel, in an introduction to the latest article in the series.

The end result is a well written, accessible biographical story about Chalmers Professor Erik Kollberg, and which is well worth reading.

Text: Michael Nystås
Photo: Jan-Olof Yxell

Read the story about Erik Kollberg >>>
P. H. Siegel, “Terahertz Pioneer: Erik L. Kollberg ‘Instrument Maker to the Stars’,” IEEE Trans. Terahertz Sci. Technol., vol. 4, no. 5, pp. 538–544, 2014.

Published: Thu 26 Oct 2017.