The IEEE Council on Superconductivity Awards in the Field of Applied Superconductivity (2008)

The Council on Superconductivity of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has established two awards, approved by the IEEE, to recognize researchers, engineers and managers, who during their professional careers, have made outstanding contributions to the field of applied superconductivity. These Awards will be presented during the Opening Plenary Session of the 2008 Applied Superconductivity Conference in Chicago IL (ISA) on 18 August 2008. For detailed description of these Awards and the nomination process please go to:

The IEEE Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions in the Field of Applied Superconductivity

University of Nagoya (Retired)
For significant and sustained contributions in the field of superconductor digital electronic technology, in particular
  • for his pioneering work in promoting the use of refractory materials, such as niobium and niobium nitride, for the fabrication of Josephson digital circuits and for promoting large scale integration of Single Flux Quantum circuits using trilayer technology,
  • for pioneering work in promoting and developing high temperature superconductor Josephson Junction devices and integrated circuits, and
  • for his leadership role in recent ISTEC programs to mature both low temperature and high temperature superconductor digital circuits  and systems.

Brookhaven National Laboratory
For significant and sustained contributions in the development of superconducting materials by advancing the science of both low temperature and high temperature superconducting materials, in particular,
  • for establishing key synthesis-microstructure-property  relationships of the bronze route process used to make the first industrial niobium-tin superconducting wires
  • for establishing the interdependence of strain and properties of A-15 superconductors  for establishing and optimizing the nucleation and growth kinetics of Bi(2223)/Ag and YBCO conductors, and
  • for contributions to the understanding of ac losses and flux pinning in these materials.

High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK)
For significant and sustained contribution in the field of large scale applications of superconductivity, in particular,
  • for his contribution to the development of various types of superconducting magnets for High Energy Physics and Particle Accelerator application such as the Large Hadron Collider, and
  • for his leadership in the development of particle detector magnets utilizing high-strength aluminum-stabilized Nb-Ti superconductor technology in Particle and Astroparticle Physics

The IEEE Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community

Oxford Instruments
For sustained service to the applied superconductivity community that has had a lasting influence on the advancement of the technology, in particular,
  • for his innovative and bold approach to commercializing superconducting magnets and magnet systems and other types of scientific instrumentation by founding and leading Oxford Instruments to a place of prominence in the market place as the one of the leading superconductivity companies in the world.

U.S. Department of Energy (Retired)
For sustained service to the applied superconductivity community that has had a lasting influence on the advancement of the technology, by organizing and leading the US Department of Energy program in electrical utility applications of high temperature superconductivity which has been one of the leading superconductor application programs in the world, in particular
  • for his vision, foresight and leadership of the program from its inception in 1987 until his retirement in 2006,  and 
  • for establishing collaboration among industry, academia  and national laboratories and employing annual peer reviews to maintain an aggressive and technically innovative program.