The 2nd Heinrich Rohrer Medals were awarded on October 25 during the 8th International Symposium on Surface Science. The idea to recognize young scientists in the field of surface science in commemoration of the late Swiss Nobel Laureate was initiated by the Surface Science Society Japan (SSSJ). Many of the members had strong ties and admiration for the co-designer of the scanning tunneling microscope. Ms. Kyoko Suzuki, Deputy Head of the Science and Technology Office Tokyo, Embassy of Switzerland in Japan had the honor of handing out the medal and prize to this year’s winners.
In 2013 the SSSJ, Nobel Prize Laureate Heinrich Rohrer’s wife, Rose-Marie, IBM Research Zurich and the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo introduced the Heinrich Rohrer Medal in order to celebrate the Nobel Laureate and IBM Fellow’s great achievements.
This year, guests had the honor to welcome Dr. Heinrich Rohrer’s wife, Rose-Marie, as well as her daughter Doris and her husband who visited Japan especially for the event.
The Grand Medal was awarded to Dr. Joseph A. Stroscio (National Institute of Standard Technology, U.S.A.), for “his pioneering achievements on spectroscopic capability of scanning tunneling microscopy opening novel perspectives for revealing the quantum nature of the nano-world”. The two Rising Medals were awarded respectively to Sascha Schäfer (University of Göttingen, Germany), and to Alfred J. Weymouth (University of Regensburg, Germany).
The medals were awarded on October 25th in Tsukuba, Japan, as part of the 5-day international symposium. Guests could also enjoy local sake and had the unique chance to take part in a wadaiko (Japanese traditional drum) experience along with professional players.
The winners of the first Heinrich Rohrer Medals winners were announced in 2014.