A prestigious award for Professor Nasser Kalantar-Nayestanaki


Professor Nasser Kalantar-Nayestanaki has been named a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion. This honor, which is the oldest and highest order of chivalry open to civilians in the Netherlands, was awarded to Kalantar-Nayestanaki in recognition of his achievements in the field of nuclear research and his social commitment. Kalantar-Nayestanaki has been connected with GSI and FAIR for many years through his scientific work. Among other things, he is a member and a former spokesperson of the international NUSTAR collaboration and the Vice President of the GSI Exotic Nuclei Community (GENCO).

Kalantar-Nayestanaki, who was born in Iran, conducts research and teaches as a professor of experimental nuclear physics at the KVI Center for Advanced Radiation Technology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He has made a name for himself at the international level primarily for his research on the forces acting between very small nuclear particles. His research has focused on fields including systems consisting of a small number of nucleons, the structures of exotic nuclei, and hadron spectroscopy. Thanks to Kalantar-Nayestanaki’s outstanding research, the processes for calculating the forces within systems consisting of three nuclear particles have been significantly improved. His more than 350 publications are often cited by fellow researchers all over the world. In 2013 he was made a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and in 2017 he was elected a member of the Academia Europaea.

He also participates in the FAIR research program, in particular through the NUSTAR collaboration, which is one of the four scientific pillars of this future accelerator center. His research within NUSTAR focuses on matter under extreme conditions. As the speaker of NUSTAR, he also took on the task of representing the more than 850 participating scientists from 40 countries.

In addition to his numerous academic activities, he also represents the interests of individuals in other fields, for example in the representative body of employees of the University of Groningen. For many years he was also the Chairman of the Minority Council in Groningen, which advised the municipality on social issues.

Nasser Kalantar-Nayestanaki expressed great pleasure upon receiving his recent award. “I feel extremely honored. This award gives me an extra impetus to continue my activities with commitment and scientific curiosity,” he said. He also expressed his enthusiasm about the unique research opportunities that will be opened by FAIR: “For example, in combination with other studies in which I also participate, we will find out a great deal of new information about how the elements originated within the interiors of stars and what kinds of properties they have. FAIR truly brings the universe into the laboratory.”

The Order of the Netherlands Lion has been awarded since the 19th century in the name of the King to individuals who have rendered outstanding services to society. The order was founded by King William I of the Netherlands, and its Grand Master is the current monarch of the Netherlands. The recipients of this award have included scientists, artists, and successful athletes. (BP)