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Portrait unveiling reception

May 11, 2012 - William Daniels and Norman Ness will be honored for their long time contributions to the Department of Physics and Astronomy during the UD Alumni Weekend. A portrait of each individual will be unveiled at this special ceremony on Friday, June 1, at 4:00 p.m. in 130 Sharp Laboratory.  A reception with refreshments will follow.

Dr. William B. Daniels

After finishing his Ph.D. at Case Institute of Technology in 1957, Dr. Daniels joined the faculty at Case for two years. He then decided to take advantage of an opportunity to attempt to synthesize diamonds at high pressure at the National Carbon Research Laboratory, and he succeeded making diamonds within about a year. In 1961, he obtained an Assistant Professorship at Princeton and spent the period from 1961 to 1972 there, reaching full professorship in 1967. He then decided to move to the University of Delaware as a Unidel Professor of Physics in 1972. Dr. Daniels served as Chair of Physics from 1977 to 1980. His scientific achievements include research on properties of materials at high pressure, liquids and mesophases, experimentation on solidified permanent gases, light scattering, electronic properties of compressed solids, instrumentation in high pressure research, and non-linear optics. Dr. Daniels has been very successful in establishing many national (Brookhaven, US Army) and international collaborations (IBM Zurich, Max Planck Institute for Festkoerperforschung, RISO Denmark, and University of Paris). Dr. Daniels was recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award 1981, 1992; the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship 1976-1977; and Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was named Emeritus Unidel Professor of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in 2000.

Dr. Norman F. Ness

Dr. Ness (MIT B.S. 1955 & Ph.D. 1959) joined the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD in 1960 where he established the Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics. He has been a Principal Investigator (PI) for the magnetic field experiments carried on board more than 21 Explorer, Mariner, Pioneer, Helios and Voyager spacecraft projects from 1961 to the present. Dr. Ness joined the University of Delaware in 1987 as President of the Bartol Research Institute (BRI) until 2000. In 1990, he established and directed the NASA Delaware Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. His research activities continue with his PI role on the VOYAGER Interstellar Mission (launched 1977). He was a Co-Investigator on the USA Mars Global Surveyor (launched 1996) and the Astrophysical Composition Explorer (launched 1997) projects. Dr. Ness is an acknowledged world expert on the measurement of magnetic fields in space and the conduct of space experiments. Author of more than 350 published refereed articles, he has received awards from the NASA, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Geophysical Union, National Space Club and the German Geophysical Society. He was a Sigma Xi National Lecturer in 1989-91. He has been a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences since 1983 and the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei of Italy since 1992. He was named Emeritus Professor of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in 2007.