23 January 2009

Mr. X-ray receives award

Professor emeritus Jens Als-Nielsen, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, receives the 2009 Velux Fonden’s Honour Award for his research in the field of neutron and X-ray scattering on Friday 23, 2009. The award is worth kr. 500.000.

The award is given to Danish researchers with international reputation as recognition of especially valuable research throughout a long research career. With the award the foundation wishes to honour researchers who have been exemplary representatives for Danish research and the award should in this way also serve as inspiration for younger researchers.

The award has been given to Jens Als-Nielsen for his great importance for Danish research in neutron and X-ray scattering, solid-state physics, magnetism, phase transitions as well as in surfaces and boundary layers. In all of these areas Jens Als-Nielsen’s research has led to international scientific breakthroughs and he has been able to involve a large number of Danish, foreign, younger as well as older researchers in his work.

Pioneering research
Jens Als-Nielsen’s pioneering efforts in the field of neutron and x-ray scattering has furthermore contributed to setting high standards for large international synchrotron centres. Today Jens Als-Nielsen’s research is still – even after his official retirement – concentrated around x-ray radiation’s potential in biological and medical research. 

Jens Als-Nielsen is educated as a civil engineer in the field of electro physics and has since attained a dr.phil. In the period from 1961-1995 he was employed at the Risø National Laboratory, as section leader for the Solid-State Physics Section and later as division leader for the Physics Division. He has been stationed at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, ESRF, Grenoble.

From 1995 and until retirement in 2007 he was employed as professor in experimental solid-state physics at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. In 1985 Jens Als-Nielsen received the European Physical Society’s Hewlett-Packard prize in solid-state physics.

In Denmark Jens Als-Nielsen is also known as Mr. X-Ray – and he is also recognized internationally.

The award is given out by VELUX FONDEN, which was established in 1981 by the now deceased civil engineer, dr. techn. h.c. Villum Kann Rasmussen, who developed the Velux skylight.