Wilson Ho Wins Distinguished APS Award

Mon, 10/23/2017

Wilson Ho, Donald Bren Professor of Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry

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Tatiana Arizaga
UCI School of Physical Sciences News

Donald Bren Professor of Physics & Astronomy and of Chemistry Wilson Ho won the Joseph F. Keithley Award for Advances in Measurement Science from the American Physical Society (APS). The highly regarded honor recognizes respected scientists and leaders across physics disciplines.

Ho and his co-recipients were recognized for the design and construction of a series of highly sophisticated scanning probe instruments, including the development of inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy at the single atom and single spin limit, that provided many breakthroughs in the science of measurement.

One of the co-recipients of this award is Dr. Joseph Stroscio, Project Leader and Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, who was Professor Ho’s first Ph.D. student.  

“It is a great honor for me to share this award with my first Ph.D. student Joe Stroscio and my colleague Andreas Heinrich. This award highlights the long tradition in my laboratory to train students in the design and fabrication of precision instruments for scientific exploration,” says Ho.

Professor Ho earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry at the California Institute of Technology and a doctorate in physics at the University of Pennsylvania. He spent a year on the AT&T Bell Laboratories technical staff and was on the faculty of Cornell University before joining UC Irvine in 2000.

The prize, presented annually, consists of $5,000 and a certificate citing the recipient’s contributions.