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Julius Wess Award

KCETA grants the Julius Wess Award for Outstanding Achievements in Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics

The research award is granted to elementary particle or astroparticle physicists for outstanding experimental or theoretical scientific achievements, which extend and deepen our understanding of the fundamental laws of nature. At the opening event of KCETA in November 2008, the award was granted for the first time to Nobel Prize laureate Professor Dr. Frank Wilczek, who had acknowledged the significance of Julius Wess for the theory of elementary particles at a large international conference on supersymmetry in Karlsruhe in summer 2007 already.

The Julius Wess Award is dedicated to the memory of Professor Dr. Julius Wess, who worked tirelessly for theoretical and experimental elementary particle physics and published numerous internationally famous papers during the twenty years he spent at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Concepts of quantum field theory, such as the Wess-Zumino anomaly or the formulation of the first supersymmetric quantum field theory, the Wess-Zumino model, will always be associated with his name.  

The dedication of the award is linked with a lecture course of the laureates at KIT, open for all students. These lectures find a lively interest and contribute effectively in imparting newest research results to the undergraduate and PhD students of KCETA.


Julius Wess Award 2016

With great pleasure we nominated Prof. Robert Klanner for the 2016 Julius Wess Award in recognition  of  his  fundamental  contributions  to  the  development  of  silicon  microstrip detectors,  in  particular  for  achieving  for  the  very  first  time  the  resolution  required  to reconstruct secondary vertices from the decay of heavy-flavoured hadrons.

The award ceremony will took place on March 3, 2017. More ...



Julius Wess Awards have been given to:

Lisa Randall (2015)
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Arkady Vainshtein (2014)
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Takaaki Kajita (2013)
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Peter Jenni und Michel Della Negra (2012)
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Guido Altarelli (2011)
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Valery Rubakov (2010)
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Jonathan Ellis (2009)
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Frank Wilczek (2008)
(picture credit: Amity Wilczek)