I am sure that all who have been associated with Paul-Henri would join me in applauding the outstanding qualities of Dr Rebut and the major impact which he has had on JET and on fusion research in general.

Dr Jérôme Paméla, EFDA Leader

Dr Paul-Henri Rebut

The Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society has awarded the 2006 Hannes Alfvén Prize to Dr Paul-Henri Rebut, for “his seminal contributions to progress in magnetic confi nement fusion, including his pioneering work in plasma theory, and his contributions to the development of various early magnetic confi nement confi gurations. For his innovations in tokamak design, fi rst with the construction of TFR, subsequently with the design and construction of JET, which remains after 25 years the world’s leading magnetic fusion device, and culminating in the EDA Outline Design of ITER. For his vision, leadership and technical accomplishments in planning and carrying out the fi rst deuterium-tritium experiment in a magnetically confi ned plasma, which broke new ground in fusion physics and produced multimegawatt fusion power in a controlled way.”

Dr Henri-Paul Rebut was the pivotal force in the design, construction and operation of JET for almost 20 years. He ensured a robust and fl exible design which, even 30 years on, will allow further major modifi cation – the ITER-like Wall – and further unique JET contributions to fusion research in support of ITER.

The prize was presented to Dr Paul-Henri Rebut on the fi rst day of the Annual Conference of the EPS Plasma Physics Division in Rome on Monday 19 June 2006. “Without JET, ITER would not exist today,” commented Dr Rebut in his presentation, and added: “The role of JET is also to train physicists to be ready to work on ITER, with the key aim of increasing its absolute performances in Deuterium-Tritium fusion.
JET and ITER will be judged on the power and the energy produced in Deuterium-Tritium experiments.”