Saturday, February 9, 2013


Congratulations Dr. Al Bard


In 1968 I received my PhD in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Allen J. Bard was my supervising professor.  He was recently presented the prestigious National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama.

An excerpt from the UT media release notes that, “Bard and his group were among the first to explore and develop a way to use electrochemistry to generate light, providing a very sensitive and selective method of analysis.  Today, this electrogenerated chemiluminescence (ECL) technique is used widely for biological and medical analyses, such as detecting HIV and analyzing DNA.”

I am proud to have made a minor contribution in Dr. Bard’s early research efforts that provided some of the groundwork for this award.  My PhD dissertation was entitled, “Analytical Aspects of Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence”.

The entire article can be found here.

This is very cool...only one degree of separation between you and the President....
I sent him a congratulatory e-mail. He said the trip to the White House was made even more exciting and memorable by the bus taking them to the White House catching fire.
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