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Dr. Howard Mark and Dr. Jerome Workman, Jr. have been named as the winners of the 2020 New York Society for Applied Spectroscopy Gold Medal Award.
Dr. Howard Mark and Dr. Jerome Workman, Jr. have been named as the winners of the 2020 New York Society for Applied Spectroscopy Gold Medal Award. The Gold Medal Award was established in 1952 to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of applied spectroscopy. The award, consisting of a gold medal and a plaque, will be presented to the winners at an award symposium at the 2020 Eastern Analytical Symposium (November 16Â–18, 2020, in Princeton, New Jersey).
This year marks only the second time the committee has selected two winners for the Gold Medal Award. This year’s award recognizes Mark and Workman for their contributions, individually and as a team, to the field of near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy and chemometrics, leading to a wider adoption of the technology in the spectroscopy community. Mark and Workman are members of the Editorial Advisory Board of Spectroscopy and have been co-authors of both the popular Statistics in Spectroscopy and Chemometrics in Spectroscopy column series since 1986. They have co-authored both first and second editions of books by the same titles and have together co-authored over 160 individual articles and separately or together authored twenty-one book volumes. They have individually received a number of awards including the Williams-Wright Award of the Coblentz Society, the Eastern Analytical Award for Contributions to NIR, the ASTM International Award of Merit, and several others.
The award committee stated that the award was given as jointly because of the collaboration between Mark and Workman, which is very well known by spectroscopists around the world and is the primary basis for their winning the award. Each of them was nominated separately and had strong nomination packages. However, their joint collaboration on books and articles in chemometrics and statistics was viewed as a long-lasting contribution to applied spectroscopy. Their individual contributions stand alone as worthy, but the joint work together with the individual work won them the gold medal.
Workman is currently the Senior Technical Editor for Spectroscopy and its sister publication, LCGC North America. He is also a Certified Core Adjunct Professor at National University in San Diego, CA and a principal at Biotechnology Business Associates. He was formerly the Executive
Vice President of Research and Engineering for Unity Scientific and Process Sensors Corporation. Mark runs a consulting service, Mark Electronics, in Suffern, New York.
Past winners of this award include many important leaders of analytical spectroscopy, as shown in Table I.