Hugo Ragnar Parr, currently Director General of the Research Department at the Norwegian Ministry of Industry and Energy, is the new Chairman of the ESA Council for the next two years.
Mr Parr was unanimously elected at the 125th meeting of the ESA Council, held at the Agency's headquarters in Paris on 25 and 26 June 1996. He will take over from Mr Pieter Gaele Winters of Netherlands, whose term of office ends on 30 June 1996.
Hugo Parr, born on 23 April 1947, holds a degree in Physics from the University of Washington (1969) and a PhD in Solid State Physics from the University of Oslo (1976). He has been a member of the ESA Council since 1995.