Keith Nelson will receive the 2017 Bomem-Michelson Award at Pittcon in Chicago. Keith Nelson received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Stanford University in 1981, and after a postdoctoral stint at UCLA he joined the faculty at MIT in 1982. He has worked on discovery of new light-matter interactions and their exploitation for spectroscopy and control of coherent acoustic waves, lattice and molecular vibrations, excitons, spins, and their admixtures with light. He has developed novel methods for study of solid-state chemical reactions, crystals near phase transitions, glass-forming liquids, electronic excited-state dynamics, thermal transport, and matter far from equilibrium. He has pioneered tabletop generation of strong terahertz-frequency fields and nonlinear terahertz spectroscopy.
This award is dedicated to the memory of Professor A. A. Michelson, developer of the Michelson interferometer. ABB sponsors the award to honor scientists who have advanced the technique(s) of vibrational, molecular, Raman, or electronic spectroscopy. Contributions may be theoretical, experimental, or both. The recipient must be actively working and at least 37 years of age. To ensure that the award is based on an independent evaluation of the candidate’s achievements, the selection is made by a committee chosen by the Coblentz Society. The Award is presented each year at the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, and consists of a crystal symbol of the Bomem–Michelson award and an honorarium. The ABB sponsored Bomem-Michelson Award Symposium is held in honor of the awardee and immediately follows the presentation.
Recipients of the Bomem-Michelson Award are listed below:
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