Jean-Pierre Blaser - Curriculum Vitae#

Born 25. February 1923 in Zurich (Switzerland)

  • 1941 - 47 Studies at University of Zurich and ETH in chemistry, physics and astronomy
  • 1948 Diploma in natural sciences. Diploma work in solid state physics
  • 1948 - 52 Assistant of Prof. P. Scherrer at Physics Department of ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
  • 1952 Ph. D. in natural sciences of ETH*Zurich. Work on nuclear reactions and accelerator technology
  • 1952 - 55 Research associate at Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, USA. Work in particle physics at the 440 Mev synchrocyclotron.
  • 1955 - 60 Director of the Neuchâtel Observatory (Switzerland). Work in position astronomy and new time standards based on atomic clocks
  • 1956 Associate professor of astrophysics at Neuchâtel University
  • 1960 Full professor of physics at ETH Zurich
  • 1962 - 72 Head ETH Institute of high energy physics. Accelerator development and experiments at CERN
  • 1968 - 88 Initiator and Director of a new Research institution of the Board of ETH (Annexanstalt): Swiss Institute for Nuclear Research SIN at Villigen. Development and construction of a high current 600 MeV separated sector cyclotron and experimental facilities for the "Meson factory"
  • 1988 - 90 Initiator and first Director of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, resulting from the fusion of SIN with EIR Würenlingen (Federal Institute for Reactor Research).
  • 1990 Retired from directorship of PSI and professorship at ETH
  • 1991 - 92 Renewed teaching at ETH
  • 1990 - 2002 Member Science team of joint ESA/NASA project STEP on the Equivalence Principle of general relativity, chairman (until 1993) of European hardware group
  • 1990 - 95 Member European Study group for proton therapy of cancer
  • 1993 - 96 Member of ESA Space Science Advisory Committee (SSAC). Initiator and first chairman of the Fundamental Physics Advisory Group of ESA
  • 1996 - 98 Vice*chair of COSPAR (International Committe on Space Research) Scientific Commission H (fundamental physics)
  • 1999 - 2000 Consultant to Biotechnology firm CYTOS, Zürich

Special functions held at some time

  • Scientific delegate of Switzerland in CERN Council
  • Member of Scientific Policy Commitee of CERN
  • President of the Swiss Physical Society
  • Head of Physics Department ETH
  • Dean of Mathematics and Physics at ETH
  • President of Scientific Commission of Watch Industry Research Laboratory
  • Member of Board of NAC (National Accelerator Center) of Foundation for Research and Development, Republic of South Africa
  • Member of various commissions in Switzerland


  • Dr. honoris causa University of Lausanne
  • Dr. honoris causa University of Fribourg (Switzerland)
  • Dr. honoris causa University of Geneva
  • Dr. honoris causa University of Neuchâtel
  • Dr. honoris causa University of Zurich
  • Honorary member of Physical Society Zurich
  • Honorary member of the Swiss Physical Society
  • Member at large Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Foreign Associate of the Royal Society of South Africa
  • Member of Academia Europaea
  • Cancer Award of the Swiss Cancer League
  • Prize of European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)

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