IEEE honours Aymar and ten Kate for superconductivity work

Robert Aymar, pictured here in the CMS cavern in 2007, during his time as Director-General of CERN (Image: Claudia Marcelloni/CERN)

This week at the 23rd International Conference on Magnet Technology (MT-23) in Boston, US, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) honoured former CERN Director-General Robert Aymar and ATLAS Magnet System project leader Herman ten Kate for their contributions to the field of applied superconductivity.

The IEEE Council on Superconductivity established career achievement awards 14 years ago to recognize researchers, engineers and managers, who during their professional careers have made outstanding contributions to the field. So far, 17 people have received the award.

Ten Kate was recognized for his pioneering work in the construction of the first full-size accelerator dipole magnet employing Nb3Sn wire, operating above 11 tesla; his managerial leadership in the ATLAS superconducting magnet system; and for training young engineers and scientists in superconductor technology.

Aymar receives his award for sustained service to the applied superconductivity community for promotion and leadership in the development of large-scale superconducting magnet systems and for promoting academic research related to applied superconductivity. 

The MT-23 conference continues until 19 July.