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Alexander M. Bradshaw (Germany) obtained his PhD in physical chemistry at Queen Mary College, University of London in 1969. From 1980 to 1998 he was Scientific Member and Head of the Department of Surface Physics at the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society in Berlin, as well as 1981-1989 (with an intermission) Scientific Director of the synchrotron radiation source BESSY. 1999-2008 he was Scientific Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics and spokesman for the German nuclear fusion programme. The German Physical Society (DPG) elected him President for 1998-2000. He co-founded one of the first Open Access journals New Journal of Physics in 1998 and was its first Editor-in-Chief. He co-initiated the German science outreach event "Jahr der Physik" in 2000. Bradshaw is a Member of the German National Academies of Sciences and of Engineering ("Leopoldina" and "acatech", respectively) and a Fellow of the Royal Society. His current scientific interests are in general questions of energy supply and in sustainable resource strategies. He is member of the project "Energiesysteme der Zukunft" of the German National Academies, which has been set up to accompany the "Energiewende".

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