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 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
William Morse, Physicist, Physics Department
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 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.