State Awards

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Two very well-known, respected and beloved members of our Society, Péter B. Barna and Kati Balázsi, were also awarded high state honours on the occasion of our national holiday.
In recognition of his outstanding professional work, he was awarded the Order of Merit of Hungary, the Order of Merit Commander’s Cross, civilian category:

PÉTER BARNA, physicist, Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Professor Emeritus of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network Energy Science Research Centre, Professor Emeritus of the University of Debrecen, Honorary President of the International Vacuum Society IUVSTA,

In recognition of his outstanding work, he was awarded the Hungarian Gold Cross of Merit, civilian category:

KATALIN BALÁZSI, Physicist, Head of the Laboratory of Thin Film Physics at the Institute of Engineering Physics and Materials Science of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network Energy Research Centre, President of the Women in Science Association, ”

Naturally, we, who know them personally, know much more about them than these officially published, virtually identifying details. We also know that while these fine accolades are welcome and much appreciated, none of them has worked for this or anything like it, so they will continue to be as humble and kind among us and will continue to work for Society as long as their health and strength will allow.
To both of them, we offer our hearty congratulations and wish them good health for their future activities and work!