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G. Mikenberg honoured by the Sharing Knowledge Foundation

The Sharing Knowledge Foundation Prize was presented to the ATLAS physicist at a ceremony on 18 March

The Sharing Knowledge Foundation awarded its 2016 prize to George Mikenberg, a member of the LHC's ATLAS experiment who has been well-known in the particle physics world for many years. He received the prize in a ceremony held at CERN on 18 March.

Personalities and History of CERN
ATLAS physicist George Mikenberg, receives the Sharing Knowledge Foundation Prize. From left to right: Peter Jenni, former ATLAS Spokesperson, Rolf Heuer, former CERN Director-General, Frédérick Bordry, CERN Director for Accelerators and Technology, George Mikenberg, Patrick Fassnacht, CERN International Relations sector, Eliane Jacot-Des-Combes Mikenberg, Herwig Schopper, former CERN Director-General, Constantin Lanaras, treasurer of the Sharing Knowledge Foundation, Robert Klapisch, President of the Sharing Knowledge Foundation, Federico Saldana, logistical support, Catherine Cesarsky, Vice-President of the CERN Council, Eliezer Rabinovici, Vice-President of the CERN Council and of SESAME. (Image: Sophia Bennett/CERN)

The Sharing Knowledge Foundation, led by former CERN Director of Research Robert Klapisch, recently created the prize as a way of honouring individuals working to improve dialogue between scientists from around the Mediterranean region or to establish networks leading to concrete projects focusing on sustainable development or reducing inequalities between nations.

Mikenberg has participated in prestigious experiments at Fermilab, DESY and CERN, where he has spent many years working on the ATLAS muon spectrometer. However, it was his contribution to the dissemination of knowledge, his almost daily involvement in the training of young researchers from all backgrounds and his constant efforts to help people, institutes and countries join ambitious fundamental research and technological development programmes to which the Foundation wished to draw attention.

The Foundation was particularly keen to recognise Mikenberg's role in Israel’s accession to CERN Membership status and his support for physicists from countries such as Morocco, Chile and Argentina. It also praised the support he provides to students keen to be part of the CERN adventure, especially Palestinian students hoping to promote a science culture in their homeland.