Research Group
Regents' Professor Peter R. Buseck
7*M Group: Awards and honors

Many 7*Mers have achieved professional distinctions, the most recent of which are the 2013 American Women Geoscientists Professional Excellence Award and 2012 AGU Maurice Ewing Medal received by Ellen Thomas; 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 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. More details are below.

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

Mihály Pósfai Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2010
Sumio Iijima Foreign Member, U.S. National Academy of Science, 2007
Foreign Member, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, 2009

Former Presidents of Professional Societies

John Armstrong Microbeam Analysis Society (MAS), 1991
Mike O'Keefe

Microscopy Society of America (MSA), 2007 (formerly EMSA, the
Electron Microscopy Society of America)

David Veblen Mineralogical Society of America (MSA), 1997
Sumio Iijima Japanese Microscopy Society, 2001-2003

Other Honors

In September 2016 Kouji Adachi was awarded the Young Researchers' Award from the Japan Association of Aerosol Science and Technology (JAAST). The award recognizes the most outstanding young researcher (under 40) to encourage continued work in the field of aerosol science and technology. The award is in recognition of Kouji's research, including his work at ASU.

In March 2016 Mihály Pósfai won a Széchenyi Prize, which is awarded to “the greatest Hungarian minds alive today.” It is “the most prestigious state award in the sciences” and was given in a ceremony in the Parliament Building led by the President and the Prime Minister of Hungary.

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

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.

At this year's GSA meeting, Ellen Thomas received the 2013 American Women Geoscientists Professional Excellence Award in the Academia category, “recognizing exceptional women who have made distinguished contributions in their professions throughout their careers, a commitment to mentoring, and placing emphasis on outreach and other service activities.” (

Ellen also 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." (

Ellen was awarded the Ewing 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

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

Sumio Iijima has a long list of honors in addition to his membership in national academies. These include the following:

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)


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