Professor Richard Gerber
has been awarded the
Ernst Mach Honorary Medal
The Ernst Mach Honorary Medal for Merit was established by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic to recognize outstanding scientific results achieved in the field of physics.
|Ernst Mach (1838-1916) ranks among the most eminent
persons in science at the turn of the 19th and 20th century. He conducted research in physics throughout his career.
His interests included primarily experimental research in optics, mechanics and wave dynamics. However, he also made
important contributions to the physiology of sensation and perception, the philosophy of nature and science as well
as to other areas of science. In 1867 he became a Professor at Charles University in Prague, being the chair of experimental
physics there for the next 28 years. He is considered to be one of the founders of modern physics and a major contributor
to the philosophical principles of positivism. He was also the first scientist who correctly explained the Doppler Effect
and developed optical techniques for the measurement of sound waves and wave propagation. He is the founder of supersonics
and the number which characterizes a body in supersonic motion and the associated shock wave are named after E. Mach. His
criticism of Newton mechanics prepared the way for Einstein's theory of relativity, hence the Mach Principle in the general
theory of relativity.|
Richard Gerber has had a distinguished career both as a university teacher and researcher. He held, at first junior and then senior, appointments at the Czech Academy of Sciences and later at the Universities of Oxford, Essex and Salford. He also held visiting residential appointments at Moscow University and the German Academy of Sciences in Jena. During his career he was a Royal Society Visiting Research Fellow, a recipient of a NATO Senior Fellowship, a JSPS Fellowship and a European Community Fellowship. He was a Visiting Professor of EE at Purdue University, USA, and a Visiting Research Professor at Nagoya University, Japan. In 1997 he was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a prominent researcher in the field of magnetism and as such was appointed the Director of NATO ASI International School on Applied Magnetism in Erice, Italy. He has published 2 scientific books, 112 original research papers in refereed international journals and numerous research reports. The Laudatory Address, presented by Dr. V. Roskovec on behalf of the Academy at the Award Ceremony on 14 May 2002, summarized Richard Gerber's scientific work by citing his outstanding research results in the area of solid state and applied magnetism and concluding that his achievements have been recognized worldwide.
The recipients of the Ernst Mach Medal are
* Prof. Milan P. Locher (Switzerland)
* Prof. Dr. Ing. Milos Seidl (USA)
* Prof. Ing. Boris N. Breizman (USA)
* Dr. Frank Plasil (USA)
* Prof. Ing. Miros Pirner (Czech Rep.)
* Prof. Dr. Peter Weinberger (Austria)
* Prof. Dr. Sydney G. Davison (Canada)
* Prof. RNDr Richard Gerber DSc (UK)
Our sincere congratulations to Richard Gerber upon his success.
Dr. Haydon Sutcliffe,
School of Sciences
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