Jefferson Lab staff scientist Bernhard Mecking with the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer (CLAS) in Hall B.
On 1 February 2003, Bernhard Mecking stepped down as leader of Hall B to return to full-time research at the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) in Newport News, Virginia.
Mecking came to Jefferson Lab from the University of Bonn 18 years ago, before Hall B even existed. He had a vision for the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer (CLAS), a remarkable instrument which he led from its conception through the design and construction phases, and finally to commissioning and experiments.
Mecking will now work on extracting physics from the terabytes of data that CLAS has accumulated. On 27 February, Jefferson Lab staff and users joined with the 170-member CLAS Collaboration in honoring Mecking at the Collaboration meeting. Fellow veteran Jefferson Lab physicist, Volker Burkert, was welcomed as the new Hall B leader.