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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Scientist Received Distinguished Award
Published: December 06, 2004
Posted: January 03, 2005

Dr. Thomas Thundat, a distinguished staff scientist and the leader of the Nanoscale Science and Devices Group in the Life Sciences Division of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named one of the nation's top 50 researcher leaders for 2004 by Scientific American magazine. The Scientific American 50 is the publication's prestigious annual list recognizing outstanding acts of leadership in science and technology during the past year. Dr. Thundat was honored as the research leader in the defense category for developing sensors for explosives. Although the award was given for explosive detection, the Scientific American article also talks about the use of cantilevers for disease detection. Dr. Thundat's research is supported by the BER Artificial Retina Program.

Contact: Dean Cole, SC-73, 3-3268
Topic Areas:

  • Cross-Cutting: Lectures, Awards, and Recognition
  • Legacy: Medical Applications

Division: SC-33.2 Biological Systems Science Division, BER
      (formerly SC-73 Medical Sciences Division, OBER)


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