The inaugural Sow-Hsin Chen Distinguished Lectureship in Neutron Science and Technology at Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) was delivered on May 22, 2013 by Professor John M. Carpenter of Argonne National Laboratory. The Lectureship is named after Emeritus Professor Sow-Hsin Chen, who is internationally known for his contributions to the understanding of both fundamental and practical aspects of material science using neutron scattering techniques. Professor Chen, who graduated in the first cohort of M.Sc. students in the nuclear science program at NTHU in 1958, established the lecture series at NTHU’s College of Nuclear Science with the goal of encouraging the next generation of nuclear scientists at his alma mater.
Professor Carpenter, the inaugural Chen Lecturer, is recognized as a pioneer in pulsed spallation neutron sources and instrumentation for research using neutron scattering facilities. In his talk, entitled “Contemporary Worldwide Neutron Sources and Their Technological Applications”, he described recent developments in accelerator technology and applications of neutron spectroscopy. NTHU plans to invite leaders in the fields of neutron science, nuclear technologies, and nuclear policy to speak in the series over the coming decade.