Press release: 26 November 2007
|John Denham MP with Diamond CEO Gerd Materlik|
Professor Materlik, a German citizen, will receive his award on Monday 26 November at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills at 5pm.
As Chief Executive of Diamond Light Source Ltd from its inception, Professor Materlik has been responsible for the delivery and operation of Diamond, which is the largest scientific facility to be built in the UK for 40 years. Since the first research scientists were welcomed to Diamond in January 2007, a wide variety of experiments have taken place. These include research work that could potentially lead to drugs being available to prevent cancer cells from spreading, studying meteorites to understand the early solar system, examining ways to improve digital data storage through improved magnetic materials, and using the powerful X-rays to investigate fragile ancient parchments.
John Evans, Nigel Moulding, Gerd Materlik and Richard Walker
Professor Materlik's strategic vision has been demonstrated throughout his career in synchrotron science which began at DESY, the German Electron Synchrotron, in 1974 and he has been involved in the development of a number of other synchrotron radiation facilities around the world, including, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and Japan's Spring-8 facility.
He has also published around 200 scientific papers in the fields of diffraction, imaging and spectroscopy with x-rays, and synchrotron radiation source developments. His contributions have been recognised by his peers and he was honoured in 2002 with the Röntgen-Prize of Würzburg University for his outstanding contributions to the development of modern x-ray methods and sources. Professor Materlik also received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Reading University in 2004.
Diamond Light Source is the UK's national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.
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