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July 27, 2021

Professor Stefan Hell to be decorated by King Mihai

Winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Professor Stefan Hell will be awarded on Friday evening, in the name of King Mihai, the Order of the Crown of Romania in the rank of Commodore.
Princess Margareta will present the decoration at a ceremony scheduled for 19:00 hrs at the Kings’ Hall of the Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest.
The high distinction is awarded in recognition of Professor Hell’s eminent contribution to the development of physical chemistry, the design and development of high-resolution fluorescence microscopy that allows the observation of microscopic processes that occur within living cells, for representing with pride and honor the Romanian nation in the exceptional family of Nobel Prize winners, for his commendable work with the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and with the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, according to Agerpres.
The decoration also rewards the Professor’s efforts to “deepen ties with the Romanian scholarly world, seeking to strengthen international scientific exchanges” as well as his “pursuing throughout his career the values of professionalism, dedication, ethics and honesty that are specific of the Romanian Crown.”
The award ceremony will be followed by a dinner offered in honor of the scientist, in the name of King Mihai, by Princess Margareta and Prince Radu.
Alos attending will be president of the Romanian Academy, Ionel Valentin Vlad, representatives of the Romanian Academy, and prestigious personalities of the international scientific community.
Professor Stefan Hell was born in Arad in 1962 and emigrated with his family to Germany in 1978. He earned his first degree and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Heidelberg. He currently conducts eminent scientific activity at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg.
Hell is a professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Göttingen and associate professor of Physics at the University of Heidelberg.

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