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Zare and Fisher Win the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences for Rendering Molecules Visible and Analyzing Their Collective Behavior
Date:1/28/2010

MADRID, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2009 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Basic Sciences category goes to physicist and chemist Richard N. Zare, of Stanford University, and physicist Michael E. Fisher, of the University of Maryland, for their independent, fundamental contributions to describing the world at molecular level. "One has unraveled secrets of nature's building blocks and the underlying interactions between them by enabling us to view what happens at the molecular scale. The other has developed theoretical approaches that help analyze what happens when a large assembly of such building blocks is brought together," in the words of the jury's citation.

Richard N. Zare (Cleveland, Ohio, 1939), shares the award for his introduction of laser-induced fluorescence, dating back to the decade of the 1970s, and other laser-based techniques "in order to address questions ranging from chemical reaction dynamics to ultra-sensitive chemical analysis down to the limit of single cells and single molecules."

In the case of Michael E. Fisher (born in Trinidad and Tobago in 1931, of British nationality), the jury singles out "his fundamental contributions to statistical mechanics. His work helps to interpret the vast diversity of the behaviors of bulk matter in terms of the characteristics of the component atomic or molecular parts and their interactions."

The Frontiers of Knowledge Awards honor world-class research and artistic creation. The breadth of disciplines addressed and their monetary amount, an annual 3.2 million euros, place them among the foremost inte
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