2 September 2015

National MagLab researchers earn prestigious awards

A trio of recent awards reflects the interdisciplinary strength of the lab.

Lev Gor'kov, Denis Markiewicz and Mike Davidson have been recognized by prestigious awards.

Lev Gor'kov, Denis Markiewicz and Mike Davidson

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (National MagLab) is home to dozens of nationally and internationally recognized scientists and engineers. Three new awards were recently announced that honor the pioneering work and long-standing impact of MagLab researchers across physics, engineering and microscopy.

"These three awards represent the interdisciplinary excellence housed at the MagLab," said Director Greg Boebinger. "Here we have three separate scientists who are being celebrated for the significant impacts they have made their individual fields. The fact that the MagLab is home to such a wide variety of scientists of this stature is one of the most exciting strengths of this lab."

Lev Gor'kov is a 2015 Ugo Fano Prize winner for his key contributions to the theory of superconductivity. Gor'kov, an internationally known physicist, is one of the founding members of the MagLab and a professor in the MagLab's Condensed Matter Theory group. His work on superconductivity has earned him a number of prestigious awards including the Eugene Feenberg Medal, the Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists and the Lenin Prize, Russia's highest award for scientific achievement. Gor'kov is an American Physical Society Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors that can be given to a U.S. scientist or engineer.

The winners were announced at the Superstripes2015 conference in Ischia and the Ugo Fano gold medal will be given to Gor'kov at an Award Ceremony in December in Rome. More information is available at the Superstripes website.

Mike Davidson has been named a Distinguished Scientist by the Microscopy Society of America. Known for his groundbreaking work with florescent proteins, Davidson inspired recent Nobel Prize winner Eric Betzig in the development of his photoactivated localization microscopy (PALM). Davidson's photomicrographs have appeared on the covers of over 600 scientific, industrial and popular periodicals and books and have earned more than 40 awards in scientific and industrial photography competitions. He is also the founder of Molecular Expressions, a popular optical microscopy education site.

The Distinguished Scientist Award recognizes a preeminent senior scientist with a long-standing record of achievement in the field of microscopy or microanalysis. The award was presented August 3 during the Microscopy & Microanalysis conference in Portland, Oregon.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) announced that their Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions in the Field of Large Scale Applications of Superconductivity will be presented to W. Denis Markiewicz.

Markiewicz was instrumental in the development of technology for very high field solenoids with Nb3Sn and REBCO tape. While in the commercial sector, he delivered the first 16.5 T and 17.5 T superconducting magnets as well as the first 600 MHz NMR spectrometer magnet and the first American 1.5 T human MRI magnet as well as dozens of other systems. After joining the MagLab he led the lab's 900 MHz Ultra Wide Bore NMR spectrometer magnet project, which has enabled nearly 70 publications on HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, stroke, cancer, influenza, tuberculosis and other health-related discoveries. He is now working on a 32 T all-superconducting system.

The Council on Superconductivity selects this award winner in recognition of a career of achievements and outstanding technical contributions by a living individual in the field of applied superconductivity. The award will be presented during the European Conference in Applied Superconductivity in Lyon, France, in September. For more information read the IEEE press release on Markiewicz.

For a list of additional awards earned by MagLab staff, please visit the awards page.


The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory is the world’s largest and highest-powered magnet facility. Located at Florida State University, the University of Florida and Los Alamos National Laboratory, the interdisciplinary National MagLab hosts scientists from around the world to perform basic research in high magnetic fields, advancing our understanding of materials, energy and life. The lab is funded by the National Science Foundation (DMR-1157490) and the state of Florida. For more information, visit us online at nationalmaglab.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest at NationalMagLab.