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Award Ceremony Highlights: Honda Prize 2008
This year’s laureates are Dr. Maximilian Haider, Dr. Harald Rose, and Dr. Knut Urban. This German team is recognized for its success in the world-first aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy for high-resolution visualization of atomic structures.
Dr. & Mrs. Urban,
Dr. & Mrs. Haider and Dr. & Mrs. Rose
Movie of The Laureate
Dr. Maximilian Haider’s Commemorative Lecture:
Congratulatory Addresses by Guests of Honor
- His Excellency Mr. Hans-Joachim DaerrAmbassador of Germany to Japan
For a long time it seemed impossible to apply his theory to the construction of an aberration-corrected electron microscope. Nevertheless the laureates believed in its feasibility. Their commitment and perseverance were rewarded when in 1995 they finally succeeded in creating the first atomic electron microscope.
- Dr. Kunio TakayanagiPresident, Japanese Society of Microscopy
The electron microscope was revitalized for another 100 years by the epochal implementation of aberration correction technology. Incorporated into commercially available microscope products, their device is widely used for advanced research to create, new semiconductor materials, industrial metals and bio-composites. I applaud their work as the establishment of a key technology in modern applied science.