On 18 May Chalmers hosted a Doctoral Conferment ceremony in the Concert Hall in Gothenburg. The physicists Göran Grimwall and Bengt I Lundqvist, from the former Department of Applied Physics, both received the title Jubilee doctor. Jubilee doctor is a title earned by individuals who received their doctoral degrees fifty years earlier at the same university.
Göran Grimvall has spent almost half his life at Chalmers. He lived for 25 years in his family home at Gibraltargatan 26 and finished his schooling at Hvitfeldtska Upper Secondary School. He gained a Master’s degree in engineering physics in 1963, and a Doctorate in solid state theory in 1969. He was then a researcher and lecturer at the Divisions of Theoretical Physics and Metallic Engineering Materials. In 1977 he was appointed Professor of Theore- tical Physics at KTH, where he is now Professor Emeritus. Göran Grimvall’s research looks at thermophysical properties. He studies quantum mechanical models for electrical and thermal conductivity, grating oscillations, alloy phase diagrams and more. Among his many roles, he was Programme Director and Dean of Engineering Physics at KTH, was leader of the government’s 1995 Submarine Commission, and is chief secretary for the Göran Gustafsson Foundation. He has written 15 books, including books on sporting physics, university textbooks and research-led publications in his field. He has helped popularise physics and tech- nology through radio and television, and the newspaper Ny Teknik for over 40 years. He was also Chairman of one of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences’ twelve divisions, and received several awards, including the Gustaf Dalén medal and the Royal Academy’s gold medal.
Bengt I. Lundqvist, born 1938 in Gothenburg, was among the first ever technical physics intake at Chalmers. He graduated in 1960 and received a doctorate in 1969. In 1974 he became a professor in Aarhus and in 1978 in mathematical physics at Chalmers. He has been a visiting researcher at Cornell, Rutgers, DTU, Stanford, IBM Yorktown, and MPI Stuttgart. He researches condensed matter physics, especially surface physics, a goldmine for development of models for multi-particle systems. He has also contributed to the basics of calculating electron structure and binding in multiple electron systems with density functional theory, and has roughly 22,000 citations between these two areas. His postgraduate teaching has been dedicated, and he has supervised around 30 students to doctorate level. Around 10 of these have gone onto professorships, at various global institutions, and around 20 work in industrial R&D. He has fulfilled the full professorship quota, often with a project-based examination, and has been honoured with an Ericson scholarship, “to promote good pedagogy and innovation in teaching”. He has also been heavily involved in all aspects of Chalmers’ internal and administrative work. He has held almost every position available – except for the Presidency.