Many 7*Mers have achieved professional distinctions, the most recent of which are the 2012 Maurice Ewing Medal received by Ellen Thomas from the American Geophysical Union, the prestigious award received by Kazushige (Kazu) Tomeoka from the Geochemical Research Association in Japan, the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement received by Jeff Post, and the election of Mihály Pósfai to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In addition, Peter was recently honored by a symposium in honor of his career at the 2012 Microscopy & Microanalysis (M&M) meeting, and had a mineral, buseckite, named after him.
These achievements reminded me of other distinctions, listed below. I am sure there are many of which I do not know, and I would welcome your suggestions.
Members of National Academies
||Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2010
|| Foreign Member, U.S. National Academy of Science, 2007
Foreign Member, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, 2009
Former Presidents of Professional Societies
||Microbeam Analysis Society (MAS), 1991
Microscopy Society of America (MSA), 2007 (formerly EMSA, the
Electron Microscopy Society of America)
||Mineralogical Society of America (MSA), 1997
||Japanese Microscopy Society, 2001-2003
A 2-day symposium honoring the contributions of Peter, his students and colleagues and entitled “High-resolution Microscopy and Microanalysis of Meteorites, Minerals and Aerosols” was held at the 2012 Microscopy & Microanalysis (M&M) meeting at the Phoenix Convention Center. A dinner in honor of Peter was held at the ASU University Club following the symposium. Many students and postdocs who came through the 7*M lab attended, together with colleagues, friends, and relatives who joined in the celebration of Peter’s career. See photos at http://7starm.asu.edu/pictures.html.
Peter had a mineral, buseckite, named after him "for his many contributions to mineralogy, meteorite research and transmission electron microscopy" (Ma et al., Am. Mineral., v. 97, 1226-1233, 2012). It was found in the Zaklodzie enstatite achondrite meteorite and is a member of the wurtzite group.
Ellen Thomas received the 2012 Maurice Ewing Medal from the American Geophysical Union, awarded to an individual "for significant original contributions to the scientific understanding of the processes in the ocean; for the advancement of oceanographic engineering, technology, and instrumentation; and for outstanding service to the marine sciences." (http://sites.agu.org/honors/medals-awards/maurice-ewing-medal/?sub=recipients)
Ellen was awarded the medal for her research on the warm climates of the past, and specifically on short periods of rapid global warming linked to upheaval of the carbon cycle, which have been called hyperthermals and of which the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (about 55 million years ago) was the most extreme. She contributed to promoting the study of the past as a tool for understanding future anthropogenic global warming, with its associated potential for ocean acidification and deoxygenation and its long-term effects on life in the oceans.
Kazu Tomeoka received a prestigious award in December, 2011 from the Geochemical Research Association in Japan for his "Studies on the origin and evolution of the primitive meteorites by analytical electron microscopy and experimental methods." See his 2011 photo at http://7starm.asu.edu/pictures.html.
Jeff Post, Curator of the U.S. National Gem and Mineral Collection since 1991, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award (2011) by the Jewelers of America "at a fancy black tie event in NYC, complete with red carpet, Hollywood celebrities, and cameras (and jewelry) flashing." Choose the video for Jeff at http://www.jic.org/index.php?page=gem-awards-2011.
Sumio Iijima has a long list of honors in addition to his membership in national academies. These include the following; a full list can be found on his web page:
http://nanocarb.meijo-u.ac.jp/jst/english/mainE.html (Click on "Awards" on the right column menu)
1976: Bertram Eugene Warren Diffraction Physics Award, The American Crystallography Society
1986: Minister Award, The Agency of Science and Technology, Japan
2001: Ishikawa Carbon Award, Ishikawa Carbon Science and Technology Promotion Foundation
2002: J.C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials, American Physical Society
2002: Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics, The Franklin Institute
2002: Japan Academy Award and Imperial Award
2005: Distinguished Scientist, Physical Sciences, Microscopy Society of America
2008: The Kavli Prize Nanoscience 2008 (The Kavli Foundation, Norway)
2009: Order of Cultural Merits (Japanese Government)