Compton Award

...... The Arthur H. Compton award was established in 1995 by the APS Users Organization (APSUO) to recognize an important technical or scientific accomplishment at, or beneficial to, the Advanced Photon Source. The award consists of a certificate and $2500.

The awards are generally made at APS User Meetings, which are held every spring. A call for nominations is sent out four months before the meeting, and the winner is notified at least two months in advance and invited to give an award lecture at the meeting. Awards are not necessarily made each year.

Compton was an American physicist who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1927 for discovering and explaining changes in x-ray wavelengths resulting from x-ray collisions with electrons, the so-called Compton effect. This important discovery in 1922 confirmed the dual nature (wave and particle) of electromagnetic radiation. A Ph.D. from Princeton University, Compton held many prominent positions including professor of physics at The University of Chicago and chairman of the committee of the National Academy of Sciences that studied the military potential of atomic energy. His position on that committee made Compton instrumental in initiating the Manhattan Project, which created the first atomic bomb.


Arthur H. Compton Awards

Award Date
Recognized for:
October 1995 Nikolai Vinokurov
Klaus Halbach
Development of hybrid undulator x-ray sources.
April 1997 Philip M. Platzman
Peter M. Eisenberger
Theoretical and experimental contributions to the fields of x-ray scattering.
October 1998 Donald H. Bilderback
Andreas K. Freund
Gordon S. Knapp
Dennis M. Mills
Development of cryogenically cooled x-ray optics for handling undulator x-ray beams.
May 2000 Sunil K. Sinha Development of the general theory of off-specular surface scattering.
October 2001 Wayne A. Hendrickson Development and use of multiwavelength anomalous diffraction (MAD) methods.


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