Awards and Honours 2022

Theodor Hänsch receives honorary doctorate from ETH Zurich

On 19 November 2022, MPQ Director Theodor Hänsch received an honorary doctorate from ETH Zurich. The award honours “his outstanding scientific work that has had such a huge impact on the entire field of modern atomic and molecular physics, especially laser cooling of atoms, and laser-based precision spectroscopy." more

Kerry Vahala receives „MPQ Distinguished Scholar“ award

Kerry Vahala, Professor of Applied Physics at the renowned Caltech Institute in Pasadena, California, today receives the latest edition of the „MPQ Distinguished Scholar“ certificate. He receives the award in recognition of his "pioneering scientific work in the field of nonlinear optics and photonics with microresonators".  more

Immanuel Bloch named Clarivate Citation Laureate

Immanuel Bloch, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, is one of 20 scientists to be named this year's Clarivate Citation Laureate. The award honours researchers whose work has been cited an exceedingly large number of times and is considered pioneering for a new area of research. more

Nathalie Picqué wins Falling Walls Award „Science Breakthrough of the Year”

In the category “Physical Sciences”, Nathalie Picqué has been chosen by an expert jury out of about 100 nominees, 30 international “Finalists” and 10 “Winners”. Nathalie Picqué is honored for her work on optical sensing with interfering rainbows of light waves. more

Ignacio Cirac receives honorary doctorate from the University of A Coruña

As one of the leading experts for quantum information, MPQ Director Ignacio Cirac has received an honorary doctorate from the University of À Coruña. He was nominated by the Chemistry Department of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. Thanks to his pioneering work in quantum physics, ... more

Nathalie Picqué and Edoardo Vicentini receive the 2022 Helmholtz Prize

Dr. Nathalie Picqué and Dr. Edoardo Vicentini have been awarded the 2022 Helmholtz Prize in the category of “applied metrology” for the demonstration of digital holography with laser frequency combs. The Helmholtz Prize, the most important European prize for metrology, is awarded ... more

ERC Advanced Grant for Nathalie Picqué

She is the first woman physicist in Germany in the field of atomic, molecular and optical physics to be awarded this renowned grant. With the prestigious ERC Advanced Grants, the European Research Council supports established scientists with a track record of significant research achievements in the last ten years who want to pursue a ground-breaking idea. more

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