Stern-Gerlach Medal awarded to Karsten Danzmann

March 09, 2018

Prof. Karsten Danzmann, director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute; AEI) in Hannover and director of the Institut für Gravitationsphysik of Leibniz Universität Hannover, was awarded the Stern-Gerlach Medal of the German Physical Society (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft; DPG).

The Vice President of the DPG, Professor Edward Georg Krubasik, presented the medal on March 7 at a ceremony during the 82nd annual DPG meeting in Erlangen.

Danzmann received this highest honor of the DPG devoted to experimental physics for "his crucial contributions to the development of gravitational wave detectors," said Krubasik. "His groundbreaking work has enabled the direct detection of gravitational waves, ushering in a new era of astrophysical research."

Karsten Danzmann has already been presented with the Fritz Behrens Foundation Science Prize 2016, the Lower Saxony Science Award 2016, the Körber European Science Prize 2017, and the Otto Hahn Prize 2017. Together with Bruce Allen, director at the AEI Hannover and Alessandra Buonanno, director at the AEI Potsdam, he received the Lower Saxony State Prize 2016. As a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration he was awarded the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, the Gruber Cosmology Prize, and the Princess of Asturias Award.

Stern-Gerlach Medal

The Stern-Gerlach Medal is the DPG’s most prestigious award for outstanding achievements in the field of experimental physics. Since 1993 is has been awarded annually for single or several publications from all fields of physics. The Stern-Gerlach Medal is comprised of a hand-written certificate on parchment and a golden medal that shows the portraits of Otto Stern and Walther Gerlach. The medal was created in 1993 as an upgrade of the Stern-Gerlach Prize awarded by the DPG from 1988 to 1992.

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