Several MRL Faculty members were honored this summer and early fall for achievements in and significant contributions to their respective fields. The Millennium Prize Foundation of Finland announced that Professor Shuji Nakamura, who is involved with MRL's IRG-2 project on Oxide Based Semiconductors, is the sole winner of the 2006 Millennium Technology Prize, accompanied by one million euros (about $1.3 million in U.S. dollars). The Millennium Technology Prize was founded by the Millennium Prize Foundation of Finland, and is bestowed every 2 years by the President of the Republic of Finland. It is described by the Foundation as "the world's largest technology prize."
The Arthur C. Cope Award recognizes each year outstanding achievement in the field of organic chemistry. MRL faculty member Professor Gui Bazan is the 2007 recipient of this generous and very prestigous recognition which includes a medallion, cash award and unrestricted grant-in-aid. Previous UCSB faculty members who have been recognized by the Arthur Cope Fund Grant are Tom Bruice, Fred Wudl and Bruce Lipshitz.
MRL faculty member Glenn Fredrickson has been awarded the 2007 Polymer Physics Prize by the American Physical Society. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishment and excellence of contributions in polymer physics research. Past recipients of the prestigous APS honor include MRL faculty members Ed Kramer and Fyl Pincus.