Professor Hermann Nicolai is the director at Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Albert Einstein Institute, in Potsdam, Germany. He has worked there since the institute was founded in 1997 and is the head of the group working in the field of Quantum Gravity. He was previously a staff member at CERN and a professor at the universities in Karlsruhe and Hamburg.
Hermann Nicolai has for many years been a world-leading scientist in quantum gravity, i.e. the field of research that tries to unify quantum mechanics with Einstein's gravity theory (General Relativity) – two of the most important discoveries in physics during the 20th century and key to understanding the fundamental laws of the universe. Hermann Nicolai has won the Albert Einstein Medal for his work in this field.
Over the years he has developed a close collaboration with Chalmers' scientists in this field. A number of graduate students and more senior scientists from Chalmers have stayed for longer or shorter periods at the Albert Einstein Institute and several have later become post-doctoral fellows there.
Susan Lindquist, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is a leading researcher in the field of protein folding and cell proteostasis, studying how changes in protein structures are involved in the development of new biological properties, neurodegenerative diseases, cancer and infections. Her work and discoveries are covering a broad spectrum of organisms: from simple organisms such as yeast, flies, worms to plants, mouse and human cells.
Susan Lindquist is appointed an honorary doctorate for her groundbreaking research on proteins called chaperones. Her work could ultimately lead to better understanding and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
Susan Lindquist is collaborating with Associate Professor Dina Petranovic and Professor Bengt Norden from Chalmers, mainly through the organization Molecular Frontiers. She has visited Chalmers several times and lectured both for researchers and students.
Gerald D. Mahan
Gerald D. Mahan graduated with a degree in Physics from Berkeley in 1964, and is a Distinguished Professor at Pennsylvania State University since 2001. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Gerald D. Mahan is appointed Honorary Doctor for his world leading research on the theory of Condensed Matter Physics. He has spent two sabbatical years at Chalmers: at the Physics Department in 1977 and at MC2 in 2009; in addition, his work on thermoelectricity has created contacts at the Department of Chemistry. Over the years, Gerald Mahan has maintained living relations with Chalmers through many visits and concrete collaborations with a long line of Chalmers researchers.
During the coming years Gerald Mahan's broad perspective and overview of Condensed Matter Physics will contribute to a development with great practical potential for important Chalmers areas of strength. He will also be an inspiring mentor for many students.