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 70)[1]
Bad Boll, Baden-Württemberg
Scientific career
Institutions Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft
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 was the Director General of CERN from 2009 to 2015.[2][3] He is currently the President of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft,[4] and President of the SESAME Council.[5]


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 [6][7] starting 1 January 2009, succeeding Robert Aymar.

Since November 2015, Heuer has been a member of the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors (SAM) 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. ^ Brumfiel, G. (2012). "366 days: Nature's 10 – Rolf-Dieter Heuer: The Higgs diplomat". Nature. 492 (7429). pp. 335–343. Bibcode:2012Natur.492..335.. doi:10.1038/492335a. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Physical Expertise for Europe". DPG. 2015-11-11. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
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  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ Sutton, Christine (March 2009). "CERN sets course for new horizons". CERN Courier. 49 (2): 15–16. 
  8. ^ a b "Rolf Heuer awarded prestigious French honour". CERN People. CERN. 

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Business positions
Preceded by
Robert Aymar
Director General of CERN
2009 – 2015
Succeeded by
Fabiola Gianotti