Herwig Schopper - Curriculum vitae#

Prof.emeritus Univeristy Hamburg, physicist
Born 28.02.1924 at Landskron, (Bohemia)
Nationality: German


Physics Diploma Hamburg University (1949), Doctorate Hamburg University (1951), Privatdozent Erlangen (1957), Research assistant at Technical University, Stockholm with Lise Meitner (1950-51); Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge with O.R.Frisch (1956-57); Cornell University, Ithaca with R.R.Wilson (1960-61);

Fields of scientific research and publications

Optics (thin metal layers), Nuclear Physics (parity violation, proton polarized beams), Elementary Particle Physics (electron and neutron scattering), Accelerator Engineering (superconducting cavities), Detector Development (hadron calorimeter).

More than 200 papers in refereed journals; many articles in magazines and newspaper about science and ethics, popularization of science.

Author of books: Particle accelerators, Vieweg & Sohn and Pitman &and sons 1967; "Weak Interactions and Nuclear Beta-Decay" Gordon and Breach 1965, "Matter and Anti -matter". Popularization of science, Science and society (several articles in journals and conferences), Science and Religion, editor of several books. Editor: : The investigation of nuclear structure by scattering processes at high energies, North Holland 1975, Advances of Accelerator Physics and Technologies, World Science 1993, Landoldt Börnstein Numerical Data and Functions, Springer, seit 1960.

Professorships and Management functions:
  • Assistant Professor and Director Institute for Nuclear Physics, University Mainz; (1957-61);
  • Full Professor at the University Karlsruhe and Director Institute for Experimental Nuclear Physics of the *Research Centre and the University, (1961-73);
  • Division Leader and Director Experimental Research Programme, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, (1970-73);
  • Full professor University Hamburg from 1973 until retirement 1989
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, DESY, Hamburg (1973-80);
  • Director-General CERN, (1981-88).

Other functions:
  • Chairman, Association of German Research Centres (now Helmholtz Association)(1977-79); member of various advisory committees of the Federal Ministry of Research and Education, of the Max-Planck Society and various foreign institutions
  • President, German Physical Society (1992-94);
  • Member of the JINR (Joint Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia) Scientific Council (1993 –2002);
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Max-Planck Institute for Plasmaphysics, Garching 1994
  • Member of UNESCO Physics Action Council (fostering cooperations in developing countries ) and chair of he working group for large facilities;
  • President, European Physical Society (1994-96) and ex-officio member of the Council of the American Physical Society;
  • Chairman of Scientific Council of UNESCO Regional Office ROSTE at Venice (1999-2002), 2000- 2003 Member of Advisory Management Committee of the ALMA- Project;
  • Chairman of Scientific Council of UNESCO International Basic Science Programme (2003-)
  • President of SESAME Council (International Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory in Jordan for the Middle East)(1999-2008, now member)
  • Member of Board of Trustees of the Cyprus Institute and chairman of the Scientific Council (since 2002)


Doctor honoris causa: Universities of Erlangen, Moscow, Geneva, London, and of Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), Dubna (1999) and Institute for High Energy Physics Protvino, Russia.


  • German National Academy for Natural Sciences “Leopoldina", Halle, DE
  • European Academy, London
  • Academia Scientiarium et Artium Europea, Salzburg, Austria
  • The World Academy of Art and Sciences, San Francisco
  • Sudeten German Academy, Munich

Corresponding member of
  • The Jungius Society Hamburg
  • Bavarian Academy of sciences, Munich

  • Honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics, London
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • Member of the Academy of Sciences Lisabon

Awards and prizes:
  • 1957 Physics Prize, Göttingen Academy of Science
  • 1958 Carus Medal, Academy “Leopoldina", Halle
  • 1978 von Gerstner Medal, Munich (1978)
  • 1984 Grosser Kulturpreis, Sudetendeutsche Akademie, Munich (1984)
  • 1985 “Golden Plate" award, American Academy of Achievement (1985)
  • 1985 Gold Medal, Weizmann Institute, Israel (1985)
  • 1989 Grosses Bundesverdienstkreuz, Germany (1989)
  • 1991 Wilhelm-Exner Medal, Vienna (1991)
  • 1994 Purkyne Memorial Medal, Czech Academy of Sciences
  • 1996 Order of Friendship, Russia (1996) awarded by President of Russian Republic
  • 1998 Memorial Medal, Charles University, Prague
  • 2003 Grand Cordon of the Order of Independence awarded by H.M.Abdullah II, King of Jordan
  • 2003 Tate Medal of American Institute of Physics (2003);
  • 2004 UNESCO Albert Einstein Gold Medal;
  • 2004 Silver Medal of SESAME International Council
  • 2005 Niels Bohr Gold Medal of UNESCO-Denmark
  • 2009 Honorary Medal of Portuguese Minister for Higher Education and research
  • 2010 Honorary Medal for promoting scientific research of the town of Lanskroun(Bohemia)at the occasion of its 725 Anniversary
  • 2010 Physical Medal of first degree of the Czech Physical Society, Sector of Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists


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