Norbert Kroo Former General Secretary and Vice-President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS), founding director of the Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics of HAS. He first used nuclear methods in condensed matter studies and later turned to laser physics and quantum optics, surface plasmon optics being his main concern. He has published about 300 scientific papers and is the owner of 40 patents. He has worked in several countries, and with such outstanding scientists as Herbert Walter and Alexander Prokhorov. He is the former president of the European Physical Society and president of the EötvösLoránd Physical Society for a second term. Member or honorary doctor of several distinguished scientific institutions including the Scientific Council of the European Research Council, and has received awards from many states and their academies. His latest decorations are: the Wallis E. Lamb Award for Laser Physics and Quantum Electronics (USA), the Commander of the Order of the Lion (Finland), Honorary Member of the European Physical Society.. In late 2011 he was raised by popular vote to the status of Prima Primissima in the field of Science