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NSE’s Sow-Hsin Chen wins 2015 Guinier Prize

Sow-Hsin Chen

Sow-Hsin Chen, Emeritus Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering has been awarded the 2015 Guiner Prize. The Guinier Prize, sponsored by the International Union of Crystallography (IUcr), recognizes lifetime achievement, a major breakthrough or an outstanding contribution to the field of small-angle scattering.

Over his 50-year career, Professor Chen has made numerous original and novel contributions employing small-angle scattering in fundamental studies of soft condensed matter physics. He is one of the premier scientists and experts in the international scattering community. Hallmarks of his distinguished career include the development of new methods for data analysis, together with pioneering experiments on the structure and mutual interactions of self-assembled systems such as micelles, microemulsions and protein-surfactant complexes in solution. He has trained a significant portion of the next generation of researchers in the field, including 45 PhD students. In addition, he has written a comprehensive text book on scattering methods in complex fluids.

Professor Chen will receive his prize from Professor Jill Trewhella, Chair of the IUCr Small-Angle Scattering Commission, and will present a plenary lecture on September 17, 2015 at the 16th International Conference on Small-Angle Scattering in Berlin.