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James Gimzewski has accepted a prestigious Carnegie Centenary Professorship from the Universities of Scotland. The appointment will begin in 2009 and will last up to six months.

To mark the centenary of the founding of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland in 1901, the Executive Committee created a Centenary Fund and has established a scheme of visiting professorships, intended to benefit not only the host universities but also the Scottish University community as a whole. Nominees for these professorships are of the highest academic standing and are invited up to two years in advance. Only one or two invitations are issued for each academic year.

James Gimzewski is a Scottish physicist of Polish descent who pioneered research on electrical contacts with single atoms and molecules and light emission using scanning tunneling microscopy. He earned his PhD in 1977 from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Until February 2001, he was a group leader at the IBM Zurich Labs, where he was involved in nanoscale science. Currently, he is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at UCLA, where he conducts research and advises graduate students in his PicoLab.

Gimzewski has received many awards including the 1997 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology and the Institute of Physics Duddell medal and prize in 2001 for his work in nanoscale science. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Chartered Physicist and was a co-founder of the Institute of Nanotechnology.

With over 168 papers published, Gimzewski's research continues to appear in journals, such as Science, Chemical Engineering and Nature. He has also appeared in many popular newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Scientific American.

Scholars awarded these prestigious Carnegie Trust positions contribute to scientific and academic developments in the Scottish Universities in their particular fields, whether in teaching or research or in both. This may be in emerging as well as established disiplines, or in interdisciplinary fields. Such senior scholars of high distinction, by their very presence, confer benefits upon the Scottish Universities.

For additional information about the Carnegie Centenary Professorships visit the Universities of Scotland website.

Story posted: 17th April 2007.
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