Neil Harrison Receives 2005 Los Alamos Fellows' Prize For Outstanding Research
February 14, 2006
Susan Ray, (850) 644-9651
Ground-breaking discoveries and outstanding contributions to the field of condensed matter physics have earned Neil Harrison a prestigious 2005 Los Alamos Fellows' Prize for Outstanding Research.
Harrison, a staff scientist at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory's Pulsed Field Facility in Los Alamos, New Mexico, was recognized for his work using high magnetic fields to make pioneering discoveries in strongly correlated materials. The Fellows' Prize for Research honors those who make a significant impact in the scientific field.
"I am delighted, certainly grateful, and very much humbled for having been selected for this award at Los Alamos," said Harrison. "I am much indebted to others at Los Alamos, [the Materials Science and Technology] Division and most importantly the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, who have contributed to the creation of the ideal environment for conducting exciting research in condensed matter physics and material science in high magnetic fields."
Laboratory employees nominate staff members for the Fellows' Prize. A committee of Laboratory Fellows reviews the nominations and recommends its selection to the director. This year, the committee received nine nominations for the Fellows' Prize for Research. In addition to the honor of being selected, winners receive a plaque and a check for $3,000.
Harrison came to the Pulsed Field Facility as a post-doc in 1996. He earned his bachelor's and doctoral degrees in physics from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.
The Pulsed Field Facility is one of the three sites of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. The other facilities are located in Tallahassee and Gainesville, Florida. The NHMFL mission, as set forth by the National Science Foundation, is to provide the highest magnetic fields and necessary support for scientific research conducted by users from a wide range of disciplines, including physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, biology and geology.
Alex Lacerda, associate director for user operations for all three sites and director of the Pulsed Field Facility, had strong praise for Harrison: "He's one of the big reasons why the magnet lab is among the most scientifically productive high magnetic field labs in the world."
The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (www.magnet.fsu.edu) develops and operates state-of-the-art high-magnetic-field facilities that faculty and visiting scientists and engineers use for research in physics, biology, bioengineering, chemistry, geochemistry, biochemistry, and materials science. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the state of Florida, the lab is operated by Florida State University, and its 330,000-square-foot main facility is located in Tallahassee's Innovation Park. The magnet lab also has facilities at the University of Florida and at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.