Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award

February 25, 2010

The 2010 Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award will be presented to Robin M. Hochstrasser, Donner Professor of Physical Sciences in the Department of Chemistry and the Director of the NIH Laser Research Resource at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), on Tuesday afternoon at Pittcon 2010. The award, which was established in 1957, is sponsored by the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) and will be presented by Hubert C. MacDonald, the Chairman of the Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Society.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

2:00 p.m. Room 300

The 2010 Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award will be presented to Robin M. Hochstrasser, Donner Professor of Physical Sciences in the Department of Chemistry and the Director of the NIH Laser Research Resource at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), on Tuesday afternoon at Pittcon 2010. The award, which was established in 1957, is sponsored by the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) and will be presented by Hubert C. MacDonald, the Chairman of the Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Society. The award honors scientists who have made outstanding contributions in the field of spectroscopy. Hochstrasser will be recognized for his work in developing ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy methods and their application to determining the structure and dynamics of complex molecular systems. The award presentation will be followed by a oral presentation session titled “Frontiers of Vibrational Spectroscopy of Biosystems and Energy Conversion.”

Hochstrasser pioneered nonlinear ultrafast spectroscopy of molecular condensed phases in the 1960s and 1970s. His group performed quantitative protein dynamics experiments on analytes such as hemoglobins and also investigated ultrafast cis-trans isomerization. His efforts resulted in new uses for ultrafast spectroscopy in chemical analysis, materials analysis, and biological studies.

Awards received by Hochstrasser include the Alexander Humboldt Prize in 1978, the Faraday Society Bourke Medal in 1980, the ACS Philadelphia Section Award in 1990, the Peter Debye Award in 1996, the Ellis R. Lippincott Award, the Bright Wilson Award in 1998, and the Franklin Medal in Chemistry in 2003.