On October 8, 2013 (Tuesday), Kyushu University conferred an emeritus doctorate to Dr. Friedrich Wagner, who is a professor emeritus at the Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics and also a professor emeritus at the University of Greifswald.
Professor Wagner has made significant contributions to plasma physics and nuclear fusion research and is one of the most internationally acclaimed researchers in these fields. In particular, his discovery of the H-mode, which represents a sudden improvement of plasma confinement, has had a great impact on plasma physics and nuclear fusion research. Over the years, Professor Wagner has served in such important posts as deputy director of the Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics. He also acted as a leader in the entire field of physics in his capacity as the president of the the European Physical Society.
Professor Wagner devoted efforts to the conclusion of a partnership agreement between Kyushu University and the Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics and the establishment of the Itoh Research Center for Plasma Turbulence. He made great contributions to the develoment of the research activities of the research center, thereby helping to raise the reputation of Kyushu University’s plasma nuclear fusion research. In addition, he significantly helped to increase the international recognition of Kyushu Univeristy by contributing to the establishment of the Itoh Project Prize.
Professor Wagner also contributed to the internationalization of Kyushu University’s plasma physics education through such activities as making a keynote speech at the Chikushi Campus and implementing an international lecture exchange program at the Department of Advanced Energy Engineering Science, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences.
Kyushu University has decided to confer an emeritus doctorate to Professor Wagner for having made all these great contributions to Kyushu University’s research and educational activities.