Frank Linde selected to join the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Physicist Prof. Frank Linde (UvA-IoP) has been selected to join the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), together with UvA Professors Anita Hardon and Claes de Vreese. KNAW Members, prominent scientists from all disciplines, are nominated by peers from within and outside the Academy.
Frank Linde (58), Professor of experimental high-energy physics, is a leading scientist in the Netherlands in the field of high-energy physics – elementary particle physics. He made important contributions to the search of new particles and determining their characteristics. Lindes contributions to the design and construction of the hyper sensitive ATLAS-detector at CERN's Large Hadron Collider are widely acknowledged.
The ATLAS-detector is one of two instruments used in the eventual discovery of the Higgs-particle in 2012. In addition, Linde has been actively supporting the strenghtening of astroparticle physics research by involving 'his' institute - Nikhef - in the search for direct detection of gravitational waves (the Virgo experiment) and enigmatic dark matter (the XENON experiment). Linde was recently appointed chair of the Astroparticle Physics European Consortium.