Skibb physicist awarded science medal in Washington DC

Posted on: 4th April, 2016

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: Professor Séamus Davis receiving his St. Patrick's Day Science Medal from Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan in Washington, DC.

UCC graduate and Skibbereen native, Professor Séamus Davis has received a Science Foundation Ireland St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal for his work merging cutting-edge technology with the exploration of the fundamental laws of quantum physics.

The medal, which recognises the extraordinary contributions made by US-based scientists, engineers or technology leaders with Irish connections, was presented by Charles Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Washington DC, as part of the St. Patricks’ Day celebrations.

Professor Davis’ research has been at the forefront of modern physics for more than 30 years. He is most notable for his inventive and wide-ranging contributions to the physics of quantum materials. His work focuses on the exploration and visualisation of electronic structure and behaviour at the atomic level, and the exotic new forms of quantum matter found in these advanced materials.

Professor Davis is the JG White Distinguished Professor of Physics at Cornell University, the SUPA Distinguished Professor of Physics at St. Andrew’s University, and also a Senior Physicist at the US Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is a graduate of UCC and has extensive personal and research links with Ireland. He is a frequent visitor and speaker at UCC, Tyndall National Institute, Royal Irish Academy and UCD and has worked with the CRANN Research Institute in an advisory nature.

  On accepting his medal, Professor Davis said; “This is a wonderful honour, not only for me but for all the scientists at institutions worldwide that form our collaborative research network. This award highlights exciting opportunities now emerging from networking the scientific research communities in Ireland and here in the United States. Both countries benefit from this positive relationship, with cross-Atlantic collaboration now playing a vital role in the success of many of the most advanced scientific projects. This Science Medal is also a testament to the world-leading quality of scientific education in Ireland, and to the deep commitment to promote and enhance Ireland’s educational standards today. I am extremely grateful to Science Foundation Ireland for this medal and I express my gratitude to my family especially all those at home in Ireland, and to all my colleagues, past and present.”

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