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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 23, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 31
Physicist N. Peter Armitage Wins Sloan Fellowship


By Lisa De Nike

N. Peter Armitage of the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins has received a Sloan Research Fellowship to continue his investigations into the effects of strong interaction between electrons in complex materials.

Administered by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the fellowship recognizes early-career scientists and scholars with two-year $45,000 grants aimed at helping them establish their laboratories and advance their research. Armitage was one of 118 young scientists and economists to receive the awards this year in recognition of their potential to contribute to academic advancement. Since the Sloan Foundation began awarding fellowships in 1955, 32 fellows have won Nobel Prizes later in their careers.

"I am honored that the Sloan Foundation thought so highly of my work, as this prestigious award has had so many distinguished recipients in the past," Armitage said. "It will allow me to expand my research in significant ways."

Armitage earned his bachelor's degree in physics from Rutgers University in 1994 and his PhD in physics from Stanford University in 2002. Before joining Johns Hopkins as an assistant professor in 2005, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a National Science Foundation International Research Fellow at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. His work has also been recognized with the 2005 William L. McMillan Award for outstanding contributions in condensed matter physics and the 2004 W.E. Spicer Award for scientific excellence from the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory.

"We are delighted that Peter Armitage has joined the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy," said Jonathan Bagger, department chair. "His work in terahertz spectroscopy is opening exciting new areas for research in our department. The Sloan Fellowship is a tremendous honor that presages great things to come."


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