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) 24 May 1948 (age 74)[1]
AwardsNature's 10 (2012)[2]
Scientific career
InstitutionsDeutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft
University of Stuttgart
University of Heidelberg
Doctoral advisorJoachim Heintze

Rolf-Dieter Heuer (German: [ʁɔlf ˈdiːtɐ ˈhɔʏɐ]; born 24 May 1948 in Boll) is a German particle physicist. From 2009 to 2015 he was Director General of CERN[3][4] and from 5 April 2016 to 9 April 2018 President of the German Physical Society (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft).[5] Since 2015 he has been Chair of the European Commission's Group of Chief Scientific Advisors,[6] and since May 2017 he has been President of the SESAME Council.[7]


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 would become CERN's Director General[8][9] starting 1 January 2009, succeeding Robert Aymar.

Since November 2015, Heuer has been a member of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors set up by the European Commission. In 2016 he became President of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, and in May 2017 the President of the SESAME Council.



  1. ^ "Prof. Dr. Rolf-Dieter Heuer" (PDF). The Max Planck Society. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 1, 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  2. ^ Heuer, R. D.; Rosenzweig, C.; Steltzner, A.; Blanpain, C.; Iorns, E.; Wang, J.; Handelsman, J.; Gowers, T.; De Bernardinis, B.; Fouchier, R. (2012). "366 days: Nature's 10". Nature. 492 (7429): 335–343. Bibcode:2012Natur.492..335.. doi:10.1038/492335a. ISSN 0028-0836. PMID 23257862.
  3. ^ Brumfiel, G. (2012). "366 days: Nature's 10 – Rolf-Dieter Heuer: The Higgs diplomat". Nature. Vol. 492, no. 7429. pp. 335–343. Bibcode:2012Natur.492..335.. doi:10.1038/492335a.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "CERN Director General to be President of the German Physical Society from 2016 to 2018". DPG press release from. 2014-12-05.
  6. ^ "Members of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors". European Commission – European Commission. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  7. ^ "PRESIDENTS/VICE-PRESIDENTS OF COUNCIL – Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East". SESAME. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Council appoints Rolf-Dieter Heuer as CERN's next director-general...and looks to the LHC start-up and beyond". CERN Courier. 48 (1): 5. January 2008.
  9. ^ Sutton, Christine (March 2009). "CERN sets course for new horizons". CERN Courier. 49 (2): 15–16.
  10. ^ a b "Rolf Heuer awarded prestigious French honour". CERN People. CERN.

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