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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. —
Three University of Illinois faculty members are among the 72 scientists
elected to membership in the National
Academy of Sciences in recognition of distinguished research and
continuing achievements, the academy announced today.
Illinois faculty members chosen are Peter Beak, the Roger Adams Professor
of Chemistry; Karl Hess,
a Swanlund Professor of electrical
and computer engineering; and Dale Van Harlingen, a professor of physics. Election to membership
in the academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded
a U.S. scientist or engineer. Those elected bring the total number of
active members to 1,922.
"This recognition represents the excellence of each of these individuals
and of the university," said Nancy Cantor, the chancellor at Illinois.
"These three men are extraordinary scientists who have changed
the world through their work."
Beak is a leader in the fields of physical organic chemistry and organic
synthesis. He has made significant contributions to the synthetic and
mechanistic uses of stereochemistry in organic chemistry, and to the
characterization and understanding of organic reaction processes. Beak
joined the Illinois faculty in 1961.
Hess is an internationally recognized researcher in the areas of solid-state
electronics, the physics and chemistry of molecular and electronic nanostructures,
and theory and simulation of optoelectronics. He also is one of the
founders of the new area of computational electronics. Hess joined the
Illinois faculty in 1978.
Van Harlingen is an expert in low-temperature physics, superconductivity
and microfabrication of superconductor devices. His research in superconductivity
gave the first direct evidence for d-wave pairing in high-temperature
superconductors, a breakthrough in the field of condensed-matter physics.
He joined the Illinois faculty in 1981.
"These individuals have contributed enormously to carrying on the
legacy of excellence in scientific research at Illinois," said
Richard Herman, the provost at Illinois. "Their profound scientific
accomplishments have advanced knowledge in each of their respective
The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists
and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for
the general welfare. The academy was established in 1863 by a congressional
act of incorporation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, that calls on the academy
to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request,
in any matter of science or technology.
directory of NAS members can be found online.