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This is the most prestigious award possible from the RMS for researchers around the globe, and is bestowed by the Society for pre-eminence in microscopy and related branches of science.

Professor Peter Nellist and Professor George Smith © John Cairns (photo of Peter Nellist)

Congratulations to both Professor Peter Nellist and Emeritus Professor George Smith, who have each been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Microscopical Society (RMS).

Prof Nellist's award has been made in recognition of his work pioneering new techniques for atomic-resolution microscopy, focusing on scanning transmission electron microscopy and its application across a range of functional and structural materials.  Peter also excels at the practical implementation of electron ptychography which allows light elements to be detected while reducing beam-induced damage, and to the theory underlying quantitative image interpretation.  The award also acknowledges Peter's fundamental contributions to the development of correctors for the inherent aberrations of electron lenses and their use for the three-dimensional imaging of materials.

Prof Smith's award recognises how his research over the past half century has progressed microscopy, metallurgy and materials science to the highly developed understanding we have today, particularly in microstructural characterisation at the atomic scale.  George is known throughout the world for his work in atom probe analysis.

George began his career in field-ion microscopy, which provided a fundamental understanding of atomic-scale structures, and the correlation of nano-scale microstructure of the behaviour of materials.  His vast expertise continued to develop and evolve, which included creating key leading research groups studying phase transformations in alloys, segregation phenomena, irradiation damage, oxidation, semiconductors, metal matrix composites, and nanostructured materials.

This year only four awards were made, with Pete and George holding two of them.  RMS is planning to make a personal presentation during 2021.