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22.02.2018, Mainz, Germany

Otto Schott Research Award goes to renowned American glass scientist

Board of Trustees votes in unanimous favor of impressive work on dynamics and processes in liquids

The 15th Otto Schott Research Award will be presented in 2018 to Prof. Dr. C. Austen Angell. The esteemed glass scientist from Arizona State University in the US will receive the award along with a 25,000-euro endowment for his pioneering, lasting scientific contributions throughout his illustrious research career.
Prof. Angell’s impressive contribution to the world of glass science is best expressed in numbers:
  • 100 of his 523 essays to date have been cited over 100 times
  • Angell’s publications have been cited nearly 58,000 times of which 17,500 coming within the last five years
  • In the last 5 years, Angell holds a remarkable h-index (ratio for a scientist’s global reputation in professional circles) of 64; his entire career registers 106
Angell’s findings and respectable achievements have garnered high interest from the glass community. Famous for his independent work on understanding liquid dynamics, the American scientist has focused particularly on the classification of viscous fluids, as well as the description of cooperative processes for liquids in the form of an “energy landscape for cooperative processes in liquids.”

Charles Austen Angell, born in Canberra, Australia in 1933, studied chemistry and metallurgy at the University of Melbourne. His career has made appearances on several significant stages, among them the University of Pennsylvania in the US, the Imperial College of Science in London (PhD, Armstrong medal for graduate research 1959-1961), the Argonne National Laboratory, and Purdue University (1971: Full Professor) in the US. He joined Arizona State University in 1989, where he now serves as Regents’ Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Angell received research awards from five specialist societies between 1990 and 2010, and is the recipient of both the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Award and a Fulbright Award. He has been active on the editorial board of renowned scientific journals, including the Journal of Physical Chemistry, which honored him with a special edition in 1998.

Besides his life achievements, the 84-year-old’s remarkable continuity and relevance with which he has repeatedly enriched glass science served to distinguish him over the multi-stage selection process among 16 nominees and 13 submissions for the Otto Schott Research Award. “Prof. Angell has managed to remain constantly active and visible as a researcher. He has published many influential scientific papers as a first and even sole author,” explained Prof. Kathleen Richardson and Prof. Tanguy Rouxel, members of the Board of Trustees of the 15th Otto Schott Research Award, in justification of their recommendation of the ultimately unanimous winner. The award is scheduled to be officially presented at the 15th International Conference on the Physics of Non-Crystalline Solids in conjunction with the 14th European Society of Glass Conference in St. Malo, France, on July 9, 2018.

The Otto Schott Research Award with its 25,000-euro endowment has been presented since 1990. It recognizes outstanding scientific and technological achievements in the field of “glass and glass-ceramics” in basic research and application.

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