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Dec. 14, 2001

Brookhaven Lab Physicist Elected Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

UPTON, NY - Ralph James, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy, Environment & National Security at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been named a Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), effective January 1, 2002.

IEEE is a worldwide organization with more than 350,000 members, of which 6,000 are Fellows. The honor of being named a Fellow is reserved to no more than one-tenth percent of the total voting institute membership. IEEE offers Fellowships to members of the organization with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any IEEE field of interest. James was one of 258 members of IEEE who have been chosen as Fellows for 2002.

James was cited for "contributions to and leadership in the development of wide band-gap compound semiconductor devices used for detecting and imaging X- and gamma-ray radiation."

"I am honored to be elected as an IEEE Fellow," said James. "I would like to acknowledge the incredibly driven team from Department of Energy national laboratories, academia and industry. The team's technical successes stirred the imagination of those working in the area of radiation detection and ultimately toppled many conventions with respect to gamma-ray imaging for detecting cancerous tumors and diagnosing heart disease."

James has developed small, portable semiconductor-based radiation detectors that can detect both x-rays and gamma rays very efficiently. The devices can also identify isotopes responsible for the radiation. These detectors have many applications, from medical imaging to detecting the transport of nuclear materials to environmental cleanup.

James' radiation detection devices won him Discover magazine's "Innovator of the Year" award in 1997. He also is a three-time winner of R&D Magazine's R&D 100 Award, which honors the top 100 inventions of the year. In 1998, 2000, and 2001, he won the awards for developing the radiation detection devices and for a new method to grow semiconductor crystals.

James earned a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1976, an M.S. in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1977, another M.S. in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1978, and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Caltech in 1980. He was a Eugene P. Wigner Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1981-84, and in 1984, he joined the technical staff of Sandia National Laboratories. In June 2001, James came to Brookhaven Lab to assume his current position as Associate Director of Energy, Environment & National Security. He oversees a wide range of basic and applied research, including the development of counter-terrorist technologies.

James holds nine patents, has authored more than 280 scientific publications and 11 book chapters, and edited 10 books. In addition, he is recognized for a long history of dedicated mentorship and for leadership contributions to professional societies. For example, he has served as the chair of 15 international conferences sponsored by scientific and engineering societies. James is a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the International Society for Optical Engineering.

The U.S. 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 limited liability company founded by Stony Brook University and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.