Director General of CERN, Rolf-Dieter Heuer, upon taking up office in 2009
24 May 1948|
Bad Boll, Baden-Württemberg
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. He is currently the President of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, and President of the SESAME Council.
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.
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.
- On 15 June 2011, Heuer was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Victoria.
- On 19 July 2011, Heuer was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Liverpool. In his speech to the graduands he spoke of the need to bring science into mainstream culture.
- On 16 December 2011, Heuer was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Birmingham.
- On 13 June 2012, Heuer was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Glasgow.
- On 12 November 2012, he was awarded an Edison Volta Prize.
- On 5 December 2013, he was awarded the UNESCO Niels Bohr Medal.
- In May 2015, he was awarded a Grand Cross 1st class of the German Order of Merit.
- In September 2015, Heuer was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Belgrade.
- On 22 November 2016, Heuer was appointed a Knight of the Legion of Honour.
- "Prof. Dr. Rolf-Dieter Heuer" (PDF). The Max Planck Society. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 1, 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
- 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.
- 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.
- "Physical Expertise for Europe". DPG. 2015-11-11. Retrieved 2016-01-31.
- "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.
- Sutton, Christine (March 2009). "CERN sets course for new horizons". CERN Courier. 49 (2): 15–16.
- "Rolf Heuer awarded prestigious French honour". CERN People. CERN.
- "Professor Dr. Rolf-Dieter Heuer Appointed as New Research Director", DESY Press Release, Hamburg, 4 October 2004
- "Rolf-Dieter Heuer to be New CERN Director General", DESY Press Releases, Hamburg, 14 December 2007
- "UNESCO and CERN: like hooked atoms; Jasmina Sopova meets Rolf-Dieter Heuer", in "Chemistry and life", The UNESCO Courier, January–March, 2011, pp. 48–50.
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