Three FSU physicists awarded named professorship
Three Physics Department professors have been awarded named chairs by a committee of FSU leaders.
Department Chair Kirby Kemper was named the John D. Fox Professor of
Physics. Kemper has received many awards for his experimental work on
nuclear reaction mechanisms and nuclear structure. Most recently, he
received the Jesse Beams Award from the Southeastern Section of the
American Physical Society for excellence in research. Kemper's chair
is named after Professor John D. Fox, former Director of FSU's Nuclear
Physics Laboratory and co-discoverer of isobaric analog resonances.
Former Physics Department Chair Joseph "Jeff" Owens was named the
Gunther Schwarz Professor of Physics. Owens' theoretical work in high energy
physics has established him as one of the most important
international figures in the effort to understand the wealth of data produced by
the world's high energy physics laboratories. Owens is a Fellow of the
American Physical Society. As a member of the FSU Physics Department during
its early years, Schwarz had a special interest in the arts and made
significant contributions to the undergraduate program.
Professor Mark Riley now holds a professorship named for his frequent
collaborator, Raymond K. Sheline. Riley's work in the physics of
rapidly rotating atomic nuclei has earned him many plaudits, including the
chairmanship of the 2001 Nuclear Chemistry Gordon Conference and the
chairmanship of the APS Committee on Publications. Sheline was a leader
in the nuclear structure revolution during the 1950s, and he won the
American Chemical Society Prize in Nuclear Chemistry in 1998. Sheline held a
joint appointment in FSU's Departments of Physics and Chemistry.
The department now holds six named professorships.
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