Dr. Hermann A. Grunder
Dr. Hermann A. Grunder was the Director of the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, a U.S. Department of Energy nuclear physics research laboratory in Newport News, Virginia. Before coming to Jefferson Lab in May 1985, he served as Deputy Director of General Sciences at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in California. A native of Basel, Switzerland, he holds a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Basel and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, West Germany.
Dr. Grunder is internationally recognized in nuclear and accelerator physics. Before becoming Deputy Director of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, he was instrumental in the evolution and upgrade of the Super HILAC-BEVATON/BEVALAC to its present capability for accelerating uranium ions. He served as Group Leader for Operations, as Senior Staff Scientist, as laboratory Associate Director and head of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division. Dr. Grunder has published extensively on nuclear physics, on high-energy and heavy-ion accelerators, on applications of accelerators in medical research, and on accelerator technology.
His membership in professional organizations includes the American Physical Society (newly elected Division Councilor of the Division of Physics of Beams), the European Physical Society, the Swiss Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition, Dr. Grunder serves on various professional committees such as: the Department of Energy Joint Coordinating Committee on the Fundamental Properties of Matter, the Compact Ignition Tokomak Review Board, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider Policy Committee, the U.S. Particle Accelerator School Steering Committee, the Los Alamos AOT Division Advisory Committee for Physics, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology Panel for Radiation Research.
In 1979, Dr. Grunder received the U.S. Senior Scientist Award presented by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and in February 1996, received the Distinguished Associate Award presented by the U.S. Department of Energy.