2000 Advanced Photon Source Compton Award Winner Sunil K. Sinha

2000 Advanced Photon Source Compton Award Winner
Sunil K. Sinha

The Advanced Photon Source Users Organization (APSUO) is pleased to announce that Dr. Sunil K. Sinha has been selected to receive the Advanced Photon Source Compton Award, which was established in 1995 to recognize an important technical or scientific accomplishment at, or beneficial to, the APS. This year's award, which consists of a plaque and a monetary award, will be the fourth one presented. Dr. Sinha will receive this honor on Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at 11:15 am. Following the award presentation, Dr. Sinha will deliver the Compton lecture.

In announcing their choice, the selection committee referenced his seminal theoretical and experimental contributions to x-ray scattering in materials physics, particularly the development of the general theory of off-specular surface scattering to elucidate the structure of rough surfaces. This theory has already been applied in many areas, including the growth of thin films and multilayers, the structure of liquid surfaces, and corrosion. The award citation reads, "The Advanced Photon Source Arthur H. Compton Award is given to Sunil K. Sinha for his development of the general theory of off-specular surface scattering to elucidate the structure of rough atomic and magnetic surfaces."

Dr. Sinha's career, which has spanned nearly four decades, has focused on both neutron and x-ray scattering studies in a wide variety of areas. He has held research positions at three national laboratories (Ames, Argonne, and Brookhaven), a professorship at Iowa State University, and a senior research post at Exxon Research and Engineering Company. Among his many honors and awards are a DOE Outstanding Research Award, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and the Ernest O. Lawrence Award. To these, the APSUO is proud to add the Advanced Photon Source Compton Award.