Helena Aksela

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Helena Aksela
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Alma materUniversity of Oulu
Scientific career
FieldsAtomic and molecular physics

Helena Aksela (born 1947,[1] Perho) is a Finnish physicist[2] and emeritus professor at the University of Oulu.[3] She was the first woman to be appointed a professor of physics in Finland.[4]

Aksela gained her doctorate from the University of Oulu in 1980. The electron spectroscopy group led by Aksela was, in the 1990s, one of the first groups to experimentally apply the Auger resonant Raman effect.[5] She was named a professor at the University of Oulu in 2000, in the field of atomic and molecular physics.[2] In 2001 she was appointed Academy Professor.[6] Later she has worked in the department of physical sciences electron spectroscopy research group.[7] She was a member of the Academy of Finland Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering from 2007 to 2009.[8]

Aksela was made a Fellow of the Finnish Physical Society in 2013, based on her pioneering research work involving photoemission spectroscopy with synchrotrons, and associated researcher training, in addition to her active role in science politics.[9]

Aksela is married to professor Seppo Aksela.[2]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ a b Kotimaiset jäsenet. Suomalainen tiedeakatemia 31.10.2016. visited 24.7.2018
  2. ^ a b c Kaleva 7.8.2000 visited 20.7.2018
  3. ^ Oulun yliopisto visited 20.7.2018
  4. ^ "YLIOPISTOT: Ensimmäinen fysiikan naisprofessori nimitettiin". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 2000-05-26. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  5. ^ Kilpua, Emilia; Johanna Männistö; Marko Huttula. "Elektronispektroskopian tutkija ja Suomen ensimmäinen fysiikan naisprofessori Helena Aksela". Tarinoita Suomalaisista Fyysikoista. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  6. ^ Annual Report 2001 (PDF). Helsinki: Academy of Finland. 2002. p. 56. ISBN 951-715-386-4.
  7. ^ Valon ja aineen vuorovaikutus, Kaleva.fi 9.10.2005 visited 24.7.2018
  8. ^ Annual Report 2008 (PDF). Helsinki: Academy of Finland. 2009. p. 32. ISBN 978-951-715-720-9.
  9. ^ Suomen fyysikkoseura. visited 24.7.2018
  10. ^ Professor Pentti Kaitera fund visited 24.7.2018