Issue Date: December 15, 2008
Solomon And Swager Win John Scott Award
Susan Solomon, a senior scientist at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, and Timothy M. Swager, John D. MacArthur Professor and head of the chemistry department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, are the recipients of the John Scott Award.
The award honors men and women who have contributed in some outstanding way to the "comfort, welfare, and happiness" of humanity. It is funded through a trust administered by the board of directors of City Trusts, in Philadelphia, and includes a cash award, a copper medal, and a certificate.
Solomon is being honored for her discoveries in establishing the mechanism of the depletion of Antarctic ozone by identifying a specific chemical reaction and making direct measurements of the predicted product of this reaction in the atmosphere of Antarctica.
Swager, who is also associate director of the Soldier Institute of Technology, is being recognized for his pioneering developments in the design, synthesis, and construction of functional assemblies of supramolecular materials that recognize specific molecules. He has created new chemical sensors that are being used for the detection of concealed explosive materials.
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