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Newman wins the Vittorio de Nora Award

John Newman
Electrochemical Society President Barry MacDougall honors Professor John Newman (photo courtesy of ECS)

April 02, 2008

Professor of Chemical Engineering John Newman has won the 2008 Vittorio de Nora Award in Electrochemical Engineering and Technology from the Electrochemical Society.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions to engineering and technology directed toward the utilization of electrochemical phenomena and processes. The award is granted biennially, and it is be presented at the spring meeting of the society in even-numbered years. This spring’s meeting will be May 18-22 in Phoenix, AZ.

Newman’s work has been previously recognized by the society by his election as an Honorary Member of the Electrochemical Society. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In 2006, he was appointed to the Department of Chemical Engineering’s Charles W. Tobias Chair in Electrochemistry. Tobias won the Vittorio de Nora Award in 1990.

Newman attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, graduating with highest distinction in 1960. Newman came to Berkeley and, in a brief three years, earned both an M.S. in chemical engineering with Charles Tobias and a Ph.D. with mechanical engineer Frederick Sherman, then a faculty member in Aeronautical Sciences. Newman joined the Berkeley faculty in 1963.

The Electrochemical Society was founded in 1902 as an international nonprofit, educational organization concerned with a broad range of phenomena relating to electrochemical and solid-state science and technology. The society has more than 8,000 scientists and engineers in over 70 countries worldwide who hold individual membership, as well as roughly 100 corporations and laboratories that hold corporate membership.

Vittorio de Nora was an Italian chemical engineer and industrialist noted for his discovery and commercialization of the dimensionally stable anode that revolutionized chlorine production worldwide and electrochemical research in general.

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