Zachary Fisk, Professor Emeritus of Physics & Astronomy, was recently named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. Fisk is being recognized for his work on pioneering scientific discoveries regarding the magnetic and transport properties of important magnetic and superconducting materials, including heavy fermion compounds and high-temperature superconducting cuprates. Fisk is one of seven UCI faculty members selected as AAAS fellows this year and one of two faculty members from the School of Physical Sciences. Fellows are selected from a broad array of fields including anthropology, astronomy & physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, pharmaceutical sciences, and sociology based on their distinguished research and commitment to advancing science. Fisk will receive recognition at the AAAS's annual meeting on February 16, 2019 in Washington D.C.
Professor Fisk joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UC Irvine in 2006. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has received many other distinguished awards. Fisk's research focuses on superconductivity, the phenomenon of electric currents passing through certain metals and materials without losing charge. He was among the first to discover uranium based superconductors and today the Fisk group remains dedicated to the discovery and characterization of new materials which exhibit superconductivity and continues to collaborate with US institutions and abroad.