Herwig Schopper

Herwig Schopper


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Herwig Schopper is Chairman of Scientific Council of UNESCO International Basic Science Program since (2003) and Member of Board of Trustees of the Cyprus Institute and chairman of the Scientific Council (since 2002). He was President of SESAME Council (International Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory in Jordan for the Middle East) (1999-2008, now member), Member of Scientific Council of Joint Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia (1993 –2002), President of German Physical Society (1992-94), President of European Physical Society (1994-96). He was Director-General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN (1981-88), Chairman of the Association of German Research Centres (Helmholtz Association) (1977-79), Chairman of the Board of Directors, DESY, Hamburg (1973-80), Professor at the University Hamburg from 1973 until retirement in 1989. Presently he is Member of the German National Academy for Natural Sciences Leopoldina", Halle, DE; European Academy, London; Academia Scientiarium et Artium Europea, Salzburg, Austria. He is also Corresponding member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Munich; Honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences; Fellow of the Institute of Physics, London; Fellow of the American Physical Society and Member of the Academy of Sciences, Lisbon. Herwig was the recipient of Niels Bohr Gold Medal of UNESCO-Denmark, UNESCO Albert Einstein Gold Medal in 2004, and several other distinguished awards. He has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals on Optics, Nuclear Physics, Elementary Particle Physics, Detector Development. Science and society, Science and Religion. Herwig holds a Diploma in Physics (1949) and Doctorate from Hamburg University (1951).