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Harris wins the ACS Ahmed Zewail Award

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Chemistry professor Charles Harris
Chemistry professor Charles Harris

September 17, 2010

Chemistry professor Charles Harris will receive the 2011 Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science and Technology from the American Chemical Society.

The award, established by the Newport Corporation, recognizes outstanding and creative contributions to fundamental discoveries or inventions in ultrafast science & technology. The award will consist of $5,000 and a certificate.

Vignettes of Harris and the other ACS award recipients will appear in Chemical & Engineering News in early 2011. Harris will be honored at the ACS awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, in conjunction with the 241st ACS national meeting in Anaheim, CA.

Harris was Zewail’s postdoc advisor from 1974 to 1976. Zewail, who received the 1999 Nobel Prize in chemistry, will return to the College of Chemistry on Dec. 7, 2010, to present the 57th annual Gilbert Newton Lewis Memorial Lecture.

In 2008, Berkeley chemistry professor and Vice Chancellor for Research Graham R. Fleming won the Zewail award. In 2010, Berkeley chemistry professor William H. Miller was awarded a related prize, the Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences.