Honorary Lecture - Prof. Majed Chergui: « A voyage through time »


Event details

Date 22.11.2022
Hour 17:1518:15
Speaker Prof. Majed Chergui
Location Online
Category Inaugural lectures - Honorary Lecture
Event Language English
« A voyage through time »
In this lecture, I will discuss the birth of the experimental method that was motivated, a millennium ago, by the need to describe the nature of Light. The then laid-out hallmarks have led to the expansion of Science in Europe starting at the Renaissance and to the formalisation of the experimental method by Bacon and Descartes. I will then dwell on the works, starting at the beginning of the XXth century, aimed at measuring ever shorter time scales, in which the science of Light has played a crucial role. I will conclude with some reflexions on the present situation.

Majed Chergui got his BSc at Chelsea College (University of London), his PhD from Université Paris-Sud (Orsay), and his Habilitation from Université Paris-Nord in1986. He then was full professor of Physics at the Université de Lausanne between 1993 and 2003, thereafter professor of Chemistry at the EPFL. In 2016, he founded the Lausanne Centre for Ultrafast Science (LACUS). In 2021, he retired from EPFL.
Some of his honours include: the Kuwait Prize for Physics 2009, the Humboldt Research Award 2010, APS Earle K. Plyler Award 2015, IXAS Edward Stern Prize for Lifetime Achievements 2015, European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant 2016, Khwarizmi International Award 2018, RSC Liversidge Award 2019, ACS Ahmed Zewail Award 2021 and ACA Rognlie Award 2023. He is Fellow of several european and north-american academic Societies.