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Change of Scientific Directors at GSI: Horst Stöcker Succeeds Walter F. Henning



Horst Stöcker is the new Scientific Director and Chair of the Directorate at GSI. He succeeds Walter F. Henning, who has served in these capacities for eight years. The management change was celebrated in the context of an international symposium on "Modern Trends in Nuclear Physics" from October 18 to 20, 2007. Horst Stöcker officially assumed his new position on August 1.

Conducted in the context of the symposium, the festive event was attended by government dignitaries, including among others Andreas Storm, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and Ralph Alexander Lorz, State Secretary of Higher Education, Research and the Arts of Hesse. They paid tribute to Henning’s achievements and promised Stöcker continuing support for the future of GSI and the planned new FAIR accelerator facility.

"Implementing FAIR, the international Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research, at GSI is one of my most important tasks," noted Horst Stöcker. His predecessor Walter Henning played a key role in getting FAIR off the ground — from the generation of the original concept to obtaining expert opinions and securing pledges of financial support from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the federal state of Hesse, and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. The negotiations he initiated are currently under way regarding the participation of foreign partners in FAIR.

Horst Stöcker conducts research as the Judah M. Eisenberg Professor Laureate for Theoretical Physics at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and at FIAS, the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies. Hundreds of his frequently cited scientific papers in international technical publications relate directly to heavy ion research at GSI and FAIR.

Walter F. Henning is joining the scientific staff at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory to head up Argonne's efforts to build a proposed exotic beam facility for nuclear physics research.

Horst Stöcker
Walter F. Henning
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G. Otto/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH