Hannes Alfvén - Nobel Laureate
KTH Professor Hannes Alfvén was rewarded with the Nobel Prize in 1970. He shared the Nobel Prize for Physics, for, as the citation read, “for fundamental work and discoveries in magnetohydrodynamics with fruitful applications in different parts of plasma physics”. The most well-known of his discoveries is a new kind of waves, which we now call Alfvén waves. He made this discovery by combining two established areas of physics, hydrodynamics and electromagnetics. This meant the open of a whole new field of physics, magnetohydrodynamics.
Hannes Alfvéns was at the age of 32 appointed professor of Electromagnetic Theory and Measurement Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He once said that when he was appointed to the KTH faculty, it meant more to him than what winning the Nobel Prize meant in 1970. As a professor he was exceptionally inspiring and generous, spreading fruitful ideas around.
Hannes Alfvén also took an active interest in global issues, especially environment, population growth and disarmament. From 1970 to 1975 he was president of the Pugwash movement, a forum initiated to bring together scientists concerned with reducing the risk for thermonuclear war.
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