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Four physics faculty receive
prestigious national honor

December 15, 1997

Four physics professors have been elected fellows to the American Physical Society.

Fellowship to the society comes through peer recognition and is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the society's total membership.

"This is a very prestigious honor," says William Stwalley, professor and head of the physics department and also a fellow in the society."It is very competitive, and I have never heard of four professors from one school ever being elected in the same year."

Stwalley adds that with the addition of these four new members, 11 out of the 23 full professors in the physics department are now fellows of the society."This is a very high ratio and puts us in very select company," he says.

The fellows, all professors of physics, are:

  • Edward E. Eyler, whose citation included recognition for his work with precision spectroscopic measurements of simple atomic and molecular systems;

  • Moshe Gai, cited for his measurement of critical reaction rates in nuclear astrophysics and his measurements of enhanced E1 decays in nuclei;

  • Phillip L. Gould, cited for his pioneering research in the use of lasers for diffracting and manipulating atoms and his work with ultra cold atomic research;

  • Edward Pollack, cited for pioneering work in keV energy ion-molecule and atom molecule collisions.

David Pesci