DESY scientist Henry Chapman has been awarded the Roentgen Medal by the city of Remscheid. The town in which Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen was born has been presenting this award annually since 1951 to individuals who have made outstanding contributions towards improving and advancing the use of the radiation discovered by Roentgen. Henry Chapman, a Leading Scientist at DESY and professor at the University of Hamburg, has been awarded the Medal in recognition of his pioneering work on the application of X-ray lasers for determining the structure of biological macromolecules.
Henry Chapman is head of the department for Coherent X-Ray Imaging at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, jointly operated by DESY, the University of Hamburg and the Max Planck Society. Chapman’s team develops sophisticated new experimental techniques for making use of the excellent new opportunities offered by free-electron lasers (FEL). The X-ray pulses produced by these devices can be up to a billion times more intense and a thousand times shorter than those from conventional synchrotron radiation sources.