Ahmed Zewail, the Linus Pauling Professor of Physics at California Institute of Technology, has been chosen to receive the 2011 Priestley Medal by the American Chemical Society, the highest honor the society bestows.
Laser pioneers Charles Townes and Ahmed Zewail
In 1999 Zewail won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies of the transition states of chemical reactions using femtosecond spectroscopy.
Zewail is one of the laser pioneers featured in the popular SPIE Laser Luminary Display, created in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the laser in 2010. He's also featured on the poster following the story of the development of the laser through a timeline developed by SPIE and Laser Focus World magazine, in consultation with laser expert Jeff Hecht.
View the announcement at the American Chemical Society's Chemical & Engineering News.
Learn more about SPIE's Advancing the Laser: 50 Years and Into the Future.
View the luminary display photo tribute.