Klaus Blaum is member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Klaus Blaum, Director of the division “Stored and cooled ions” at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg is foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences since 2019. Blaum is a member of the GSI Supervisory Board, Vice Chair of the FAIR-GSI Joint Scientific Council and Professor and faculty member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg.
“I feel very honored and pleased to be a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences”, says Blaum. He got nominated for the physics class of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences because of his excellent scientific achievements and his international reputation. "This is a personal award, but it can be considered as award for the performance of my entire department at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics," says Blaum. "It is only due to the outstanding achievements of my team, which does excellent scientific work, that we are among the world leaders in our field of research. This was the basis for my award. I therefore accept it on behalf of my entire research group."
The election took place at the General Meeting of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm in February 2019. In the FAIR-GSI Joint Scientific Council there are now two members of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences: Eva Lindroth, Professor at the Stockholm University, also is a member.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences was founded in 1739 and is an independent non-governmental organization, whose overall objective is to promote the sciences and strengthen their influence in society. It enhances the status of science in society by drawing attention to key social issues, examining them in scientific terms and communicating the results, and joins in cooperation on global issues, with the aim of being an international scientific proponent of sustainable development. The Academy consists of approximately 460 Swedish and 175 foreign members, who together represent the country’s foremost expertise in the sciences.
Klaus Blaum studied physics at the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz (Germany). After receiving his PhD, he worked as PostDoc for the “GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung” (Darmstadt, Germany) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. From 2004 to 2007, he was leader of a Helmholtz Research Group in Mainz (Germany), where he habilitated in 2006. At the age of only 35 years, he was appointed as Director of the division “Stored and cooled ions” at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg and as Professor and faculty member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg. For his groundbreaking research, he was awarded numerous prestigious prizes, among others the Mattauch-Herzog-Price 2005 of the German Society for Mass Spectrometry, the G.N. Flerov-Prize in 2013 and the 2016 Lise-Meitner-Award of the Gothenburg Physics Centre. In 2008, he was nominated Fellow of the American Physical Society. (LW)