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Sune Svanberg

Head of Lund Institute of Technology Atomic Physics Division; Chairman of Nobel Committee for Physics in Royal Academy of Sciences; A Fellow of APS/OSA.

      Sune Svanberg was born in 1943 in Trollhättan, Sweden. After matriculation exam in Trollhättan in 1962 he started studies of natural sciences at the University of Göteborg, where he received his BSc in 1966.
He enrolled the graduate school in physics at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg and first spent half a year at the Technical University of Berlin (Prof. H. Bucka) studying atomic resonance
spectroscopy. He brought this field back to his university and defended his PhD in this field 1972 (Thesis advisor: Prof. I. Lindgren). After a post-doc year at Columbia University, New York (Prof. W. Happer) and
initial work on atomic laser spectroscopy he continued laser-based spectroscopy at Chalmers up till 1980, when he became professor and head of the Atomic Physics Division at Lund Institute of Technology
(technical faculty at Lund University). In Lund a vigourous program of laser spectroscopy, including basic atomic physics and applications to energy, environmental and medical research has been pursued. Basic studies include studies of radiative properties of atoms and ions as well as superintense laser/matter interactions (high harmonics generation, X-ray laser pumping and broadband X-ray generation). Applications include laser radar sounding of pollutants in the atmosphere and hydrosphere, laser diagnostics of combustion processes, and laser-based detection and treatment of cancer and cardio-vascular disease. He has taken the initiative to the formation of three centres for interdisciplinary work: the Combustion Centre, the Environmental Monitoring Centre and the Medical Laser Centre. He also proposed and helped establish a High- Power Laser Facility, including a multi-terawatt 10 Hz laser. In 1995 he was appointed director of the newly established Lund Laser Centre, which also gained the EC
status of a European Large Scale Facility. He has trained a large number of PhD students from home and abroad through the years. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences (and during 10 years a
member of its Nobel Committee for Physics; two years as chairman), and the Royal Academy of 
Engineering Sciences. Up till 1995 he was a member of the Swedish National Space Board and the chairman of its Remote Sensing Committee. He served on the Board of the Swedish Research Council during 2004-2009. He is a Dr honoris causa at the Lund University Medical Faculty, at the Science Faculty of University of Latvia, at the Science Faculty of Université de Liège, at the Universidad Nacional
de Engineria, Lima, a Foreign Member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences and the Académie Royale de Belgique, an Associate Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), an Honorary Professor at the Zhejiang University, Jilin University and at HIT-Harbin, China, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Optical Society of America. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Optical Society of America and is the recipient of the first EPS Quantum Electronics Prize
(1996) and recepient of the first Azko Nobel Science Award (1999). 2004 he was awarded the SKAPA Innovation Prize, in 2005 the W.E. Lamb Medal, in 2006 the Celsius Gold Medal (Uppsala), in 2009 the Memorial Gold Medal (Lund) and the V.K. Zworykin Award of the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering, and in 2010 the Adelskold Medal of the Royal Academy of Sciences. He is an “Einstein Professor” of the Chinese Academy of Sciences 2006. He serves on numerous international conference, evaluation and advisory committees. During the years 1987-93 he was a member of the TetraPak Scientific Council and 1993-2000 a member of the Scientific Council of the Volvo Research
Foundation. He has supervised a large number of graduate students to their PhD in Physics. He is the coauthor of about 580 scientific papers and over 30 patents and patent applications, and he helped in the formation of several spin-off companies. He arranged several workshops for physicists in developing countries, where realistic experimental set-ups based on diode lasers and light emitting diodes were integrated for applications at their home universities within the fields of medicine, environment and agriculture.


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Laser spectroscaopy applied to the environmental, ecological and food safety areas