Federal Cross of Merit for Jochen Schneider

Federal President Horst Köhler, his wife Eva Luise Köhler and Jochen Schneider after the conferring of the Order of Merit (Photo: Bundesregierung/Thiel)

Yesterday, German Federal President Horst Köhler awarded long-time DESY research director Prof. Jochen R. Schneider
with the Officer‘s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. The renowned scientist was honoured
for his prominent contributions to make DESY one of the leading photon science centres in the world.

Jochen Schneider is one of the leading scientists in the field of synchrotron radiation. From 1993 on, he headed
HASYLAB, and from 2000 to 2007 he was director in charge of photon science at DESY. During this period, the unique
free-electron laser FLASH had come into operation and the course has been set for the future projects PETRA III and
European XFEL.

Jochen Schneider is now head of the experimental facilities division at the free-electron laser for hard X-rays
LCLS, which is under construction at the research centre SLAC in Stanford, California.