Prof. Dr Vera Luth

"Through the development, construction and operation of unique large scale research facilities and infrastructure, the research field 'Structure of Matter' is making an important contribution to fundamental research at both the national and international level. By examining properties of elementary particlesand interactions of heavy ions as well as structures and functions of complex materials, ranging from biological cells to gigantic objects in the universe, answers to pressing questions might be found that are likely to lead to technological developments and ultimately benefit society at large."

Professor Dr Vera Luth is senator of the Helmholtz Association for the Research Field "Structure of Matter". She has worked in the field of experimental particle physics at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) at Stanford, USA, since 1974. Vera Luth studied physics at Heidelberg University and received her DSc there in 1974 in the field of particle physics. After research at CERN in Switzerland, Heidelberg University in Germany, and SLAC, she became a member of the permanent staff at SLAC in 1984. From 1992 to 1994 she was deputy to the associate director of research of the SSC Laboratory in Dallas, USA, and became technical coordinator for the BABAR detector at SLAC in 1994. In 2004 she was promoted to Professor of Research at Stanford. Before being appointed to the Senate of the Helmholtz Association in 2011, she was a permanent member of the Helmholtz Association's Senate Commission from 2008 to 2011. In recognition of her research she was elected fellow of the American Physical Society. Vera Luth continues to serve as a member of numerous advisory committees at laboratories and universities throughout the USA and Europe, e.g. the DOE/NSF High Energy Physics Advisory Panel and the German Wissenschaftsrat's Large Facilities Panel.

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