Rolf-Dieter Heuer

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Rolf-Dieter Heuer
Interview with Rolf-Dieter Heuer 2009 - 8.jpg
Director General of CERN, Rolf-Dieter Heuer, upon taking up office in 2009
Born (1948-05-24) May 24, 1948 (age 66)[citation needed]
Bad Boll
Institutions CERN
University of Stuttgart
University of Heidelberg
Doctoral advisor Joachim Heintze

Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer (German: [ʁɔlf ˈdiːtɐ ˈhɔʏɐ]; born 24 May 1948 in Boll) is a German particle physicist and the Director General of CERN since 2009.[1][2]


Heuer studied physics at the University of Stuttgart. He then obtained his PhD 1977 at the University of Heidelberg under Joachim Heintze for his study of neutral decay modes of the Ψ(3686).

His post-doc studies include the JADE experiment at the electron-positron storage ring PETRA at DESY, and from 1984, at the OPAL experiment at CERN, where he also became spokesperson of the OPAL collaboration for many years.

Having been offered a full professorship for experimental physics at the University of Hamburg, Heuer returned to DESY in 1998. In 2004, he was appointed DESY's Research Director.

In December 2007, the CERN research council announced that Heuer will take office as CERN's Director General starting 1 January 2009, following the term of Robert Aymar.



  1. ^ Brumfiel, G. (2012). "366 days: Nature '​s 10 – Rolf-Dieter Heuer: The Higgs diplomat". Nature 492 (7429). pp. 335–343. 
  2. ^ Heuer, R. -D. (2012). "The future of the Large Hadron Collider and CERN". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 370 (1961): 986–994. Bibcode:2012RSPTA.370..986H. doi:10.1098/rsta.2011.0467. PMID 22253249.  edit

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Preceded by
Robert Aymar
Director General of CERN
1 January 2009 – present