Bartol professor honored by peers

Charles Swann, professor emeritus in the Bartol Research Institute, received a one-of-a-kind international honor when he was presented the first and only certificate of special merit at the opening night of the PIXE2001 Conference in Guelph, Ontario, in recognition of his length of service and his many contributions to PIXE (Proton Induced X-ray Emission).

In presenting the award, Iain Campbell advisory committee chairman and PIXE2001 cochairman, noted that Swann's career in PIXE alone (which is his second career) was longer than the entire careers of most of those present. He said Swann had attended every PIXE Conference, except the very first in 1976, and he looked forward to seeing him at many more. He cited Swann as an example and an inspiration for all those present.

In accepting the award, Swann talked of impending changes in his laboratory and indicated that he might soon be starting a third career.

"My association with Bartol and its personnel over these many years," Swann said, "has been very good and productive. In addition, for the past 25 or more years, I have enjoyed many collaborative efforts with other units of the University, the College of Marine Studies, electrical and computer engineering, the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the scientific component of the Winterthur Museum. In all of these efforts I found the interaction with the students to be particularly enjoyable.

"I would like to express my profound appreciation of the award bestowed upon me by the PIXE community," Swann said. "I have worked along side many of these investigators for over 20 years and have participated in most of the conferences. This is the first time that I know of that such an honor has been given, and I feel very fortunate to be the recipient."

Swann joined the Bartol Research Foundation of the Franklin Institute in1946. Bartol moved to UD in 1977, subsequently changing its name to the Bartol Research Institute in 1987. In July 2000, Bartol became a unit of the College of Arts and Science of UD. Up to 1977, Swann worked as an experimental nuclear physicist, helping to pioneer the use of resonance fluorescence methods in the study of nuclear structure. On arriving at UD, he began his second career, the application of nuclear techniques to conduct research on trace elements of relevance to various disciplines.

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