PAST EVENT: Zimanyi Medal 2012 Laureate Announced at the Embassy

Publicated on: August 16, 2012

The Embassy proudly hosted a reception to announce this year’s Laureate of the Zimanyi Medal 2012 scientific award. This year the medal goes to a young Hungarian researcher: Mr. Péter Petreczky.

Members of the Zimanyi Medal Committee and participants of the Quark Matter 2012 conference attended the announcement of the Zimanyi Medal 2012 Laureate at the Embassy of Hungary.

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Chargé d’Affaires Mr. András Bácsi-Nagy welcomed the guests on behalf of Ambassador György Szapáry. He expressed his gratitude to the Zimanyi Medal Committee for keeping alive the legacy of the great Hungarian physicist József Zimányi and for their tenacious work. He congratulated this year’s Laureate Péter Petreczky.

Zimányi Medal Committee Chairman Prof. Miklós Gyulassy and Secretary of the Committee Prof. Péter Lévai presented the achievements of the Committee, the work of the Quark Matter Conference and acknowledged Péter Petreczky.

The Zimányi Medal was founded in 2011 by KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics in memory of Professor József Zimányi (1931-2006), member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, an internationally recognized nuclear theorist. The medal commemorates his scientific legacy in theoretical nuclear physics, where he was a leader in the field of high energy nuclear theory and in the search for the quark-gluon plasma. The Zimányi Medal in Nuclear Theory is granted to a young theoretical physicist under 40, who made extraordinary contribution to the field of high energy nuclear physics.

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The Quark Matter conferences aim to reunite international specialists in the field of experimental and theoretical heavy ion physics. The Quark Matter 2012 conference is the twentythird edition of this prestigious series of international conferences organized approximately every 18 months since 1982. Recent instances of the conference have taken place in Budapest, Hungary (2005), Shanghai, China (2006), Jaipur, India (2008), Knoxville, USA (2009). and Annecy, France (2011).

Organizing this conference in Budapest in 2005 was one of the great achievements of József Zimányi and a tribute to his life-long commitment to heavy ion physics. Another tribute to his legacy was the establishment of the Zimanyi Medal on Nuclear Theory (Zimányi Medál) first time awarded to Tetsufumi Hirano in 2011.

The Embassy was happy to open its gates to this great event and welcome Hungarian and International researchers at our premises while its role is to represent the country but also to facilitate building political, economic or scientific relations. It was also a natural fit to the activities of the Embassy because every spring a so-called “home-coming forum” is organized here to encourage young researchers to share their knowledge, explore ways of cooperation between Hungary and the United States as well as discover possibilities to returning into the scientific life in Hungary.