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Prof Séamus Davis elected to the National Academy of Sciences



Warm congratulations to our Research Professor Séamus Davis, who has been elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences. This honour, the US equivalent of election to the UK’s Royal Society, is rare and highly prestigious. It recognises his distinguished work in two fields: the physics of fluid and solid helium, and cryogenic scanning tunnelling spectroscopy of superconductors and correlated electron metals.

Prof Davis and collaborators

Prof Davis is based at Cornell University, and also holds the post of research professor at St Andrews. He is pictured above in the checked shirt with collaborators from St Andrews at a research symposium.

Since 2006 the St Andrews Condensed Matter Research Team has engaged in active collaboration with Professor Davis, who has hosted a number of St Andrews personnel for extended periods to conduct collaborative experiments at his laboratories in Cornell. In a second landmark for this collaboration, St Andrews graduate student Milan Allan has passed his PhD viva. Milan (back row left in the picture) is supervised by Dr Felix Baumberger, but did much of his PhD research in Professor Davis’ laboratory, and will continue working on the joint project through funding from EPSRC’s PhD Plus scheme.

first posted BDS 6.5.10