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Rolf-Dieter Heuer (born 24 May 1948 in Boll) is a German particle physicist and the Director General of CERN since 2009.
Director General of CERN, Rolf-Dieter Heuer, during an interview at Fermilab

Heuer studied physics at the University of Stuttgart. He then obtained his PhD 1977 at the University of Heidelberg under Joachim Heintze for his study of neutral decay modes of the Ψ(3686).

His post-doc studies include the JADE experiment at the electron-positron storage ring PETRA at DESY, and from 1984, at the OPAL experiment at CERN, where he also became spokesperson of the OPAL collaboration for many years.

Having been offered a full professorship for experimental physics at the University of Hamburg, Heuer returned to DESY in 1998. In 2004, he was appointed DESY's Research Director.

In December 2007, the CERN research council announced that Heuer will take office as CERN's Director General starting 1 January 2009, following the term of Robert Aymar.

Rolf-Dieter Heuer -- Breaking The Wall of the Hidden Universe II @Falling Walls 2013


"Professor Dr. Rolf-Dieter Heuer Appointed as New Research Director", DESY Press Release, Hamburg, 4 October 2004
"Rolf-Dieter Heuer to be New CERN Director General", DESY Press Releases, Hamburg, 14 December 2007
"Rolf-Dieter Heuer is CERN's next Director General", Physics Today NewsPick, 14 December 2007

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