The Director-General awards Professor Herwig Schopper, President of the SESAME Council, UNESCO's gold Albert Einstein medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the promotion of international cooperation, the advancement of the physical sciences and UNESCO's science programme.
SESAME is an epitome of what international cooperation should be and there is no doubt that Professor Schopper's leadership has been one of the important factors that has allowed the project to reach its current advanced stageHerwig Schopper is an outstanding scientist who has made a remarkable contribution to the advancement of science in areas such as nuclear and particle physics. High tribute should be paid to what he has achieved in research of parity violation, proton polarized beams, electron and neutron scattering, superconducting cavities, elementary particle detectors, accelerator technology and other areas, including optics. With his profound insight into the most complex issues of physics, Professor Schopper has always provided leadership worldwide in the creation and use of unique high technology research facilities in particle physics. He has been at the root of the successful construction of the Large Electron Positon Collider (LEP) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the world’s largest accelerator facility that is located in Geneva, and he oversaw the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY) accelerator facility, the major accelerator facility in Germany.
Professor Schopper has published more than 200 scientific papers in many areas of physics. He has written and edited excellent books on particle accelerators, nuclear structure, radioactive decays, and matter and antimatter. The public at large has enjoyed the articles he wrote popularising areas of physics and addressing the science and society relationship.
He has also received prestigious awards, prizes and honours for his work and accomplishments from Germany and other countries. Among them the Golden Plate award from the American Academy of Achievement; the Gold Medal of the Weizmann Institute in Israel; the Order of Friendship from Russia and the Grand Cordon of the Order of Independence given to him by H.M. Abdullah II, Kind of Jordan. In May 2004 he is to receive the Tate Medal for International Leadership in Physics, an award of the American Institute of Physics.
The award-winning ceremony takes place on 15 April 2004 at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. It is being awarded on the 15 April during Professor Schopper's visit to Paris to attend the Beamlines and Scientific Committees SESAME meeting, 15-16 April.