John Spence has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society

Thu, 2015-04-30

Dr. John Spence was elected to the Fellowship and Foreign Membership of the Royal Society  

Fellows are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science. Each year up to 52 new Fellows are elected by existing Fellows. There are currently about 1,430 Fellows.

John Spence is distinguished for his innovative world-leading contributions to both biology and materials science. He led the team which conceived the first application of X-ray free-electron lasers (XFEL) to structural biology using protein nanocrystals and he pioneered femtosecond serial crystallography. He is also a world leader in the development and application of atomic-resolution electron microscopy. For example, he co-invented a widely used technique for locating impurity atoms in nanocrystals and published the first observation of dislocation kinks, at atomic resolution. He has developed new microscopies and spectroscopies which have given scientists new eyes to understand atomic processes in solids.



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