Robert J. Soulen, Jr. of U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Receives 2002 Award for Thermometry Research
Cleveland, Ohio -- June 10, 2002 -- The American Physical Society (APS) named Robert J. Soulen, Jr., of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory as the 2002 winner of the Joseph F. Keithley Award for his work developing low temperature noise thermometry to achieve an absolute thermometer, which now defines part of the year 2000 International Temperature Scale. The Keithley Award, established in 1997, presents $5000 annually to a physicist who has been instrumental in the development of measurement techniques or equipment that have an impact on the physics community by providing better measurements. The award honors Joseph F. Keithley, founder of Keithley Instruments, for his contributions in the area of sensitive and precision instrument development and measurement techniques. The APS selection committee for this award honored Soulen for helping to advance thermometry during his distinguished career, and cited in particular his development of a thermometer so accurate that it defines the standard for the International Temperature Scale from 1mK and 1K. After receiving his Ph.D. in Physics from Rutgers University, Soulen worked as a scientist and manager for the National Bureau of Standards and the Naval Research Laboratory. He is an APS Fellow, former president of the Instrument and Measurement Topical Group, and associate editor for Cryogenics Magazine and the Journal of Superconductivity. He has written 170 scientific articles, and has received the Department of Commerce Gold medal and the Berman Publication Award for scientific writing. The award is endowed by Keithley Instruments, Inc. and the Instrument and Measurement Science Topical Group of the APS. It is the only APS award recognizing advances in measurement science. The award's selection process is controlled by APS and is independent of Keithley Instruments. Keithley Instruments products have long been staples in physics and research labs worldwide. For information about the Joseph F. Keithley Award, contact the Chair of the 2003 Selection Committee: Bruce L. Brandt Telephone: 850-644-4068 Fax: 850-644-0534 Email: