Physicist Stefan Söldner-Rembold, co-spokesperson for the Fermilab-hosted Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment and professor of physics at the University of Manchester, has received the 2018 James Chadwick Medal from the Institute of Physics.
The institute bestowed the award to Söldner-Rembold for his work in high-energy particle physics and his international leadership in Higgs and neutrino physics.
Söldner-Rembold was one of 22 medalists recognized by the Institute of Physics, out of 142 award nominations.
He led the DZero experiment from 2009 to 2011 (550 scientists in 18 countries) and, as such, is one of only a handful of UK-based particle physicists to have led such a large collaboration. He led the collaboration in publishing 68 papers, particularly the first paper with evidence of the Higgs boson decaying into b quarks, which has only recently been matched by measurements at the LHC. He has also become a world-leading figure in neutrino physics, having established this as an entirely new research area in Manchester. He has made the most sensitive measurement of the double-beta decay of 150-Nd and has coordinated the international activity to build the core components for a liquid-argon detector for what will be the world’s largest neutrino experiment — DUNE. He has recently been elected to lead the DUNE collaboration, which has more than 1,000 collaborators from 32 countries.
“It is a pleasure for me to recognize and celebrate today exceptional physics by exceptional individuals,” said IOP President Julia Higgins. “This is how IOP — representing the whole physics community — honors those who produce the very best work. And it is this work that directly contributes to our economy, our everyday lives and towards tackling some of the biggest challenges we face in society. I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to all our winners.”
The Institute of Physics is the professional and learned society for physics in the UK and Ireland, inspiring people to develop their knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of physics.
Fermilab congratulates Söldner-Rembold on the achievement.