Benjamin Lee professorship award for Karlheinz Langanke
Karlheinz Langanke, Scientific Director of GSI, was awarded with the Benjamin Lee professorship. Every year this award is given to outstanding theoretical physicists for "groundbreaking research in different areas of theoretical physics" by the Asian Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP) in Korea. Langanke's research is focusing on nuclear astrophysics especially on nuclear reactions in supernovae and on stellar element synthesis. Langanke is the first European awardee.
On the occasion of the award ceremony Langanke gave the key note talk on the unique research opportunities at the future accelerator facility FAIR at GSI at the annual conference of the Korean Physical Society. Furthermore he gave a series of lectures on nuclear astrophysics for students at APCTP.
The professorship is awarded in memory of Benjamin Lee, an outstanding Korean theoretical physicist, who died too young in 1977 during a tragic car accident. Since 2012 the award is granted annually.