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Björn Jonson receives Russian Lomonosov Gold Medal


Professor Björn Jonson has been rewarded with the highest award of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) — the Lomonosov Gold Medal named after the Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov. Jonson is currently a professor at the Chalmers University in Sweden. His longstanding cooperation with GSI/FAIR include leading the HALO collaboration at the Large Area Neutron Detector (LAND) of GSI and being spokesperson of the NUSTAR collaboration. He was also deputy spokesman of the R3B collaboration and is currently chair of the R3B Scientific Board as well as of the NUSTAR Council. Furthermore in 2013 Jonson received the Helmholtz International Fellow Award and spent his research stay at GSI. The award of the Helmholtz Association is supposed to promote cooperation with the world's best researchers.

Jonson was awarded with the Lomonosov Medal for his extensive contributions within fundamental nuclear physics. The RAS emphasizes that his work is of fundamental importance for the study of the nuclear structure and nuclear stability of exotic lightest nuclei at the boundaries of nucleon stability.

The prize acknowledges outstanding achievements in the natural sciences and the humanities. Among the previous recipients, there are many renowned scientist and even Nobel Prize laureates.

The award ceremony was held in Moscow at the General Meeting of the RAS in March 2018. The Lomonosov Gold Medal is awarded each year since 1959. Since 1967, two medals are awarded annually: one to a Russian and one to a foreign scientist. This year’s Russian medal went to Professor Yuri Oganessian. 

Award winners
Professor Björn Jonson (l.) and Professor Yuri Oganessian received the Lomonosov Gold Medal.
Poto: Elena Puzynina, JINR