Max Born prize

The UK Institute of Physics and the German Physical Society have awarded the Max Born medal and prize for 1999 to John Dainton of Liverpool for outstanding contributions to physics, in particular his pivotal role in a series of experiments at the DESY laboratory in Hamburg, which have provided new insights into the structure of the photon and proton.

As a research student at Oxford, Dainton used hadronic beams and bubble chambers, but all of his subsequent research has been carried out using counter experiments with beams of real photons, electrons and positrons, and electrons and protons. He believes strongly that an experimentalist should be able to contribute to detector construction and physics analysis.

From his work in the early 1980s with the PLUTO collaboration at the PETRA electron­positron collider at DESY, Dainton produced valuable measurements of real photon structure. This remained a vital benchmark until recently, when his group at Liverpool extended the kinematical range. He led the UK group in the design and construction of the H1 detector at DESY's HERA electron­proton collider and carried out the first H1 measurements, which revealed new behaviour similar to hadronic diffraction. He was appointed H1 physics coordinator in 1995 and played a major role in the analysis of intriguing wide-angle scattering events.

The German Physical Society (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft) and the UK Institute of Physics award the Max Born prize annually in memory of the work of Max Born (1882-1970) in Germany and the UK. First awarded in 1973, the prize goes to British and German physicists in alternate years.

Bogoliubov prize for young scientists

The Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, near Moscow, has set up the N N Bogoliubov prize for Young Scientists in memory of the eminent physicist and mathematician Nikolai Nikolaevich Bogoliubov (1909-92).

The prize will be awarded to young (up to 33-year-old) researchers for outstanding contributions in fields of theoretical physics related to Bogoliubov's scientific interests. As a rule the prize will be awarded to a scientist who has shown early scientific maturity and whose results are recognized worldwide. Entries should try to emulate Bogoliubov's own skill in using sophisticated mathematics to attack concrete physical problems. The first prize will be awarded this summer and presented at the conference marking the 90th anniversary of Bogoliubov's birth, which is to be held in Dubna at the end of September.

Entries (including a curricilum vitae and a one- or two-page abstract of the submitted papers) should be forwarded to the Directorate of the Bogoliubov Laboratory of Theoretical Physics of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research by 1 May (e-mail "premia99@thsun1.jinr.ru") or to Dr V I Zhuravlev, Scientific Secretary of Bogoliubov Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, JINR, Joliot-Curie str. 6, 141980 Dubna, Russia.

* Nikolai Nikolaevich Bogoliubov's scientific activity began in Kiev at the age of 14 and important results followed from the age of 20. His main interests were nonlinear mechanics, statistical physics, quantum field theory and elementary particle theory.


Matsuo Science award

Norio Morita of the Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki, Japan, has received the Matsuo Science Award for his contribution to the laser spectroscopy of antiprotonic helium atoms. Prof. Morita was a familiar figure at the CERN LEAR experimental hall between 1993 and 1996, where these experiments were carried out by the PS205 collaboration. He will soon return to the AD hall to continue these experiments as a member of the ASACUSA collaboration. The Matsuo Foundation in Japan has now made the unusual step of awarding annual prizes for both scientific research and for musical performance and composition. Norio Morita is the second recipient of the Science award. The 1999 LNF Spring School in Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics will take place at INFN National Laboratories, Frascati, Italy, on 12-17 April. The school is aimed at graduate students, and postgraduate and postdoctoral fellows, and it will deal with problems of current interest in elementary particle physics and connected to the activities of the INFN laboratories.

It will cover neutrino masses and oscillations, with a visit to the Gran Sasso Laboratories; "The Hunting of the Higgs" and seminars on searches at LEP and hadron colliders; CP-violation in the K- and B-system; progress of the DAPHNE electron­positron accelerator and on the status of the experiments KLOE, DEAR and FINUDA; and reports from the working groups of EURODAPHNE, the theoretical network studying DAPHNE physics.

The updated and complete programme of events can be found at "http://www.lnf.infn.it/lnfss99".