Brookhaven Lab Physicist Victor Emery Elected a Fellow of the American
Academy of Arts & Sciences
NY -Victor Emery, a physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy's
Brookhaven National Laboratory, joins Woody Allen; Richard Avedon; Stephen
Sondheim; Madeline Albright; His Majesty Juan Carlos I, the King of Spain;
and others as members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
All are among the 211 distinguished scholars, scientists, artists,
business executives, educators and public officials elected to membership
this year in the AAAS. Composed of 185 Fellows and 26 Foreign Honorary
Members from 14 nations, the new membership will be welcomed to the
Society at a ceremony at the Academy's headquarters in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, on October 13.
"I am delighted that my accomplishments in physics have earned me
the right to be in such good company," Emery said.
Founded during the American Revolution by John Adams and other leaders
of the new nation, the Academy was chartered "to cultivate every art
and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and
happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people."
George Washington, Ben Franklin, Daniel Webster, Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill are among the society's past
members. The current membership of 3,600 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary
Members includes more than 150 Nobel laureates, 50 Pulitzer Prize winners,
and ten Brookhaven Lab scientists. -more-
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Emery has made significant contributions to a variety of topics in
solid-state physics, and he is one of the world's leading theorists in
superconductivity and the study of phase transitions, in which substances
change among liquid, solid and gas.
Earlier this year, Emery shared the Oliver E. Buckley Prize in
Condensed Matter Physics with Alan H. Luther of NORDITA in Denmark for
"their fundamental contribution to the theory of interacting
electrons in one-dimension." Today, this theory is believed to be of
crucial importance for understanding high-temperature superconductors.
Born in England, Emery earned a B.Sc. in mathematics from the
University of London in 1954, and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the
University of Manchester in 1957. Emery was a research associate in the
Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, England, from 1957 to 1959, and a
Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, from 1959 to 1960,
later becoming a visiting assistant professor, from 1963 to 1964. From
1960 to 1963, he was also a lecturer at the University of Birmingham,
Emery started his career at Brookhaven in 1964 as an associate
physicist. He received tenure at Brookhaven in 1967 and was promoted to
senior physicist in 1972. He served as the associate chair of the
Laboratory's Physics Department, 1981-1985. In 1995, he received
Brookhaven's Distinguished Research and Development Award.
The Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts
research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well
as in energy technologies. Brookhaven also builds and operates major
facilities available to university, industrial, and government scientists.
The Laboratory is managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, a corporation
founded by Stony Brook University and Battelle, a nonprofit applied
science and technology organization.
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NOTE TO LOCAL EDITORS: Victor Emery is a resident of Shoreham, NY.