TITLE

AAPT Presents First Klopsteg Award to Hansma

PUB. DATE
October 1991
SOURCE
Physics Today;Oct91, Vol. 44 Issue 10, p104
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports on the first Paul E. Klopsteg Award of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) which has been presented in 1991 to Paul K. Hansma, a professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The annual award was funded through donations Klopsteg had made to AAPT since 1978. The Klopsteg Award is given to an outstanding physicist who will give a lecture at the summer AAPT meeting on a subject of current significance. Klopsteg, who died in May 1991, had a long career as a scientist, administrator and inventor. He helped found AAPT and served as its first vice president from 1930 to 1932 and as president in 1953. He also served in other science organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation. He held more than 50 patents for scientific and teaching instruments and prosthetic devices. Hansma was presented with the Klopsteg Award at the AAPT summer meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. He spoke on the latest generation of scanning probe microscopes, including tunneling microscopes and atomic force microscopes. Hansma's own work has included developing scanning probe microscopes, particularly atomic force microscopes that can operate with the sample submerged in fluid or in air.
ACCESSION #
14806541

 

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