Science and Technology Awards

Science and Technology Awards are given to recognize distinguished contributions to the science and technology objectives of the Laboratory over one or more years.

John Hill, Physicist, Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department

John Hill

John Hill is recognized as a world leader in applying x-ray scattering techniques to the study of condensed matter systems. In particular, he has focused on using resonant elastic scattering to study magnetic and electronic order in a range of materials. More recently, he has extended these studies by pioneering the use of inelastic x-ray scattering techniques to study electron dynamics in similar systems. At BNL he has lead the X-ray scattering group in the Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department, where he has laid the foundations for programs using soft x-ray techniques to study nanoscale inhomogeneities and related phenomena in complex materials. Hill has also been very much engaged in developing the programs associated with the new National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II). Indeed, he led the Experimental Facilities Division of the NSLS-II project, where he was responsible for the early development of the experimental program. He has thus played a major role in securing the future for synchrotron science at BNL.


William Morse, Physicist, Physics Department

William Morse

William Morse is being honored for his vital leadership in one of the most influential and technically challenging experiments at Brookhaven’s Alternating Gradient Synchrotron, the muon g-2 experiment. Morse was the resident spokesperson for this experiment, which called for the construction of the world’s largest diameter superconducting magnet in order to measure the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon with an unprecedented precision of a half part per million. The experiment gave a value that differed from the prediction by 3.4 standard deviations, a result that stands as one of the most significant pieces of evidence for “new” physics beyond the so-called Standard Model of particle physics. This measurement was a scientific tour de force in which Morse’s leadership, his many conceptual breakthroughs and his unique insight into new methods of analysis played a central role. The muon g-2 result has drawn worldwide acclaim as one of the major Brookhaven contributions to high-energy physics. With more than 1,700 scientific citations, it continues to reflect BNL as a world-class research laboratory.


James Muckerman, Senior Chemist, Chemistry Department

James Muckerman

James Muckerman has been a world-class leader in applying methods of quantum chemistry to advance the understanding of chemical conversion processes in energy science. He has elucidated molecular dynamics important in combustion research and has advanced catalysis for the conversion of solar energy into chemical fuels through artificial photosynthesis. He has made outstanding contributions to the development of BNL energy research programs through sustained innovations in theoretical chemistry, exemplary experimental collaboration and strong scientific leadership. Muckerman’s exceptional contributions to Brookhaven’s mission over many years are recognized with this Science and Technology Award.