Royal Distinction for Director of IPP
Alex Bradshaw has been made Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
In recognition of his services to European fusion research Prof. Dr. Alexander M. Bradshaw, Scientific Director of Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics (IPP) in Garching and Greifswald, has been made “Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” (CBE). This order of knighthood was established by King George V in 1917.
Alex Bradshaw has been Scientific Director of Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics since 1999. The objective of the institute is to develop a fusion power plant, which – like the sun – is to derive energy from fusion of atomic nuclei. For the European coordination of fusion research Alex Bradshaw is involved in numerous German and European bodies. In particular, he has also been committed to the international cooperation on ITER and played a major role in paving the way to Europe for the fusion test reactor. The large-scale experiment is about to be built in Cadarache, France.
After studying chemistry in London Alex Bradshaw (born in Bushey, UK, in 1944) took his readership at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Technical University of Munich, and then joined Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, where he was made Scientific Fellow and Director in 1980. At the same time he was Scientific Managing Director of Berliner Elektronenspeicherring-Gesellschaft für Synchrotronstrahlung mbH (BESSY) and from 1998 to 2000 President of the German Physical Society. Alex Bradshaw is Honorary Professor of Experimental Physics at the Technical University of Munich and also a member of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina German Academy of Natural Sciences, Academia Europea, and acatec (Assembly for Technical Sciences of the Union of German Academies of Sciences).