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Helmholtz-Award for Steve Koonin



Professor Steve E. Koonin from USA receives the Helmholtz International Fellow Award. The award is endowed with 20.000 Euro and granted for the first time this year. The aim is to enable the awarded scientists to work for a period of time at one of the Helmholtz Centres.

Koonin was suggested for the award by Karlheinz Langanke, Research Director of GSI, and Horst Stöcker, Scientific Director of GSI, because of his long-time relations to GSI. Apart from his outstanding work in the area of nuclear physics Koonin is also active in other areas of research closely connected with the topics of the Helmholtz Association. For instance he investigated climate changes by analysing the light emitted from earth and reflected by the moon, wrote a book about computational physics and worked as Undersecretary in the US Department of Energy.

Besides Koonin also five other researchers receive the award. German or international researchers who are based abroad and who do not already have an employment contract with a Helmholtz Centre are eligible. Outstanding performance in a relevant scientific field is the most important criterion for the award. The scientists’ projects must complement the activities of the specific Helmholtz Centre that nominates them. 

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Helmholtz International Fellow Award

Steve Koonin
Foto: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung